US archaeologist talks about Yeronisos dig in lecture at UN headquarters in New York

American classical archaeologist and Professor of Classics and Art History at New York University Dr. Joan Breton Connelly has referred to the excavations in Yeronisos, Cyprus, and her experiences and impressions, in a lecture at UN headquarters titled Cultural Diplomacy from the Trenches: An Archaeologist’s View.

Speaking at the event, organised by the International Women’s Forum in cooperation with Costa Rica’s Permanent Representation to the UN, Dr. Connelly spoke about her 40-year career and shared her experiences from the excavations on the islet of Yeronisos, off the coast of Paphos, which began in 1990 with the team of the New York University.

Since then, she has continued her archaeological work, directing the NYU Yeronisos Island Expedition, paying special attention to the unique ecological character of Yeronisos, incorporating environmental and archaeological research for the conservation of both the natural and cultural resources.

Dr. Connelly said she was impressed by the people of nearby village, Peyia, and noted that during excavations many of them � fishermen, priests, students, housewives, and others – would help.

She said she could not imagine any other place in the world that could teach so much, such as kindness, imagination, open-mindedness, a sense of fun, and humility. Dr. Connelly was proclaimed an honorary citizen of Peyia in 2000.

Speaking at the event, Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Kornelios Korneliou, said Cyprus and its people owed much to her, and thanked her for her colourful lecture and her work.

He also referred to the efforts made by Cyprus along with Italy to set up a Group of Friends on the protection of cultural heritage.

The lecture was attended by Permanent Representatives of UN member states, as well as members of diplomatic missions, members of the International Women’s Forum, scholars, and others.

Source: Cyprus News Agency