Excavations at a Bronze Age site in Cyprus

Excavations at a Bronze Age site in Cyprus


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The Department of Antiquities under the Ministry of Communication and Labor of Cyprus announces for this year the excavation of the Kissonerga-Skalia deposit It dates from the Bronze Age and is near Paphos, to the southwest of the island.

The excavation work it was carried out during July by a team from the University of Manchester under the direction of Dr. Lindy Crewe. The team discovered evidence of large buildings forming a complex, which dated from the late Cypriot Bronze Age, about 1,750 BC. and 1,600 BC. In addition, the team has also analyzed a series of soils dating from the earliest stages of that era dating back to around 2,300 BC. and 1,900 BC.

The area measures 750m2 and multiple techniques were used for the construction of these buildings. A kind of wall of about 45 meters in length has also been discovered. The team is investigating the reason for that wall.
The British team has found a large patio which has a stucco floor where they found: wells, ceramic pieces, weights and winches that would be used for large-scale industrial activities.

The southwestern part of the archaeological area of ​​the courtyard is now particularly excavated and a subdivided area is revealed. Like all the architecture of the last phase of Kissonerga-Skalia, the walls do not form right angles, they create a parallelogram rather than a rectangular space. Within this space a line of small stones with pieces of clay plaster seems to represent the remains of an indoor bench along the wall.

During the 2013 season, two levels of soil were displaced revealing a series of fine plaster floors, with architecture from the beginning that has a north-south orientation, in contrast to the later northwest-southeast orientation typical of the place. Beneath this sequence of floors is a final stucco floor over the sterile subsoil that has not yet been excavated and will be excavated in the coming seasons.

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