Cyprus Exploration Fund (Biographical details)

Cyprus Exploration Fund (institution/organisation; British)

Also known as

Cyprus Exploration Fund


Goring E. 1988, A mischievous pastime. Digging on Cyprus in the 19th century (Edinburgh)..

Gill D. 2011, Sifting the soil of Greece. The early years of the British School at Athens (1886-1919). BICS Supplement 111 (London).

Gill D. 2008, Cyprus Exploration Fund [with bibliography of major publications of discoveries],


British scholarly body established in 1887 to carry out scientific excavation on Cyprus under the control of subscribing academic institutions, such as the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies in London, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and a number of leading British public schools.

The CEF explored at Kouklia (Old Paphos), Polis-tis-Khrysokhou (ancient Marion), Limniti, and Salamis between 1888 and 1890. John Myres continued the work at a number of sites around including Kalopsidha, Lapithos, and Larnaka in 1894.

The majority of the finds went to the British Museum as the national collection, but the subscribing museums and colleges also received a share of the artefacts recovered.

For details of the CEF and its operation, see Goring 1988, esp. 22-4, 27-9; Gill 2011, 157-64 for a longer (though in places inaccurate) account; also Gill 2008.