Eastern Mediterranean Cultural Heritage Research Center (DAKMAR)
For millennia Cyprus has been at the crossroads of continents and cultures. Because of its unique geographical situation, its history is one of intensive cultural contacts, migrations of a very different character and a multitude of other external influences. The study of these processes, from ancient to recent times, is crucial for the understanding of Cypriot history.
The study and analysis of cultural heritage, especially the remains of settlements in their geographical, historical, economic and ecological settings, is a discipline that has been of growing importance in international research for several decades now. The questions that can be answered by projects like these extend the ‘classical’ aims and goals of any historical or sociological discipline alone, and by their very nature call for interdisciplinary approaches.
DAKMAR is participating in this emerging, and dynamic, field of study.
The work of the research center is focusing on long-term and comparative studies of cultures and regions in Cypriot history. They are including at present the following disciplines:
- Art History
- History of Architecture
- Archaeological Sciences
- Paleo-zoology and Archaeo-botany
DAKMAR, therefore, is a research center at EMU focusing specifically on an interdisciplinary approach to the study of cultural heritage from all periods of Cypriot history.