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An American mission returns to Libya
Nearly a century ago, a mission from the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) began excavations at Cyrene, a classical site on the eastern coast of Libya. The work came to an abrupt end, however, with the death of its assistant director.
Beginning in 1969, a second American mission, sponsored first by the University of Michigan and then by the University of Pennsylvania, explored much of the Sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone just outside the city walls. This work, too, came to a halt with the increasing conflict between the American and Libyan governments in 1981. Although fieldwork was suspended, publication of the results continued (11 monographs on the excavation have appeared to date).
Today, a new American mission is seeking to return to Cyrene, the Cyrenaica Archaeological Project (CAP), to resume work and renew collaborative efforts with the Libyan Department of Antiquities. Leading the project are Donald White, who directed the excavations begun in 1969, and Susan Kane of Oberlin College, a past AIA vice president for publications. Here we present coverage of AIA and CAP in Libya and at Cyrene from the pages of ARCHAEOLOGY magazine.
For more about Cyrene, the Demeter and Persephone sanctuary, and the new American mission, see the website of the Cyrenaica Archaeological Project at www.cyrenaica.org.