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Launch of new EU-funded MedSTACH collaboration

5 September 2017

The EU

The UCL Institute of Archaeology is delighted to be named as a key foreign partner in a recently successful EU Horizon2020 ‘teaming' bid to establish Cyprus as an excellence hub in archaeology and cultural heritage in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Over the next year, major Cypriot public academic institutions, national policy makers and other key national stakeholders, with input from UCL, will lay the groundwork for creating an Eastern Mediterranean Science and Technology Centre of Excellence for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (MedSTACH).

MedSTACH’s goal will be to develop state-of-the-art computational, geospatial, and other scientific or technological approaches to archaeology and cultural heritage in Cyprus and the wider Eastern Mediterranean region.

The MedSTACH consortium is co-ordinated by the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics of the Cyprus University of Technology, and in addition to UCL, includes as other partners the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus, the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus - the national stakeholder and policy maker responsible for cultural heritage management on the island, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation - the national stakeholder and policy maker responsible for the promotion of Cyprus’s touristic product, and the Laboratory of Geophysical-Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeo-environment (FORTH, Greece).

MedSTACH’s stage-one grant will allow the development and submission to the EU of a business plan seeking funding of 15 million euros over a period of 5-7 years, with the possibility of an additional equal amount of Cypriot national co-funding over a period of 15 years.

The Institute's Andrew Bevan, Mark Altaweel and Marcos Martinón-Torres are leading the UCL collaborative team and are participating in official project launch meetings in Cyprus this week.

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