|UND historian, moviemaker to showcase archeology in Cyprus|
University historian and archeologist William Caraher and history grad program alum Josiah Patrow will showcase their “Survey in Cyprus” documentary movie at a world premiere at the Burtness Lab Theater Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m., with a second showing at 9 p.m.
Both Caraher and Patrow, now a California-based documentary filmmaker, will be on hand after the showings to talk about their work. The film engagingly chronicles the meticulous archeology that Caraher and others are doing on Cyprus, the fabled, sun-soaked Mediterranean home of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of Love. Caraher and colleagues, along with several students, are probing the rocky soil-now part of a British military base-for shards of pottery, tiles, and other artifacts to gather details about the daily life of ancient Cypriot Greek, Roman, and other peoples who once lived, loved, worked, and died on this busy trade crossroads. “For nearly 1000 years, Cyprus was a vital part of a widespread trading network that still exists today,” said Caraher, who’s done several summers on the Cyprus dig as the Pyla Koutsopetria Archeological Project’s (PKAP’s) chief technology officer and codirector of the PKAP.
Patrow, a filmmaker and former UND student, was persuaded to shoot a “reality-show” look at the day-to-day life on an archeological dig. With a lively soundtrack commissioned for the documentary, lots of live footage, and several “special features,” the movie is an intimate inside look at real-world science “as it happens.” It’s also a fascinating and compelling look at how a dedicated group works together to uncover answers about our past.
The movie presentation at the Burtness Lab Theater is free and open to the public. For more information check out Caraher’s web site at www.und.nodak.instruct/wcaraher/Multimedia.html.