Saturday March 30, 2023 1:00 PM

Denver Public Library Eugene Field Branch

A Hybrid Presentation

Lecture & Zoom


Pyla-Vigla: Exploring an Early Hellenistic Fort in Southern Cyprus

Dr. Brandon Olson, Assistant Professor of History, Metropolitan State University, Denver

Free to the public!


Fortifications and the artifacts of war found near the coastal region of Pyla village in Southern Cyprus tell a story of turmoil in the years after the death of Alexander the Great. Near the ancient harbor and astride a vital road between the two ancient cities of Kition and Salamis, the site of Vigla was strategically situated. What role did it play in the conflicts of the area? What can the weapons found there tell us about the people and the place? Dr. Olson interweaves the story of the two-decade long Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project with our understanding of history to illuminate the significance of the fort.


Dr. Brandon Olson is an Assistant Professor of History at Metropolitan State University and Co-Director of the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project. He has worked extensively in Cyprus, Turkey, Israel, Greece, and England. He specializes in changes in human settlement and land use resulting from the evolving balance of power in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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