Cyprus

Kition-Bamboula VIII - Les néoria du port de guerre

The ancient military harbour of Kition-Bamboula lies at the heart of the modern city of Larnaca, Cyprus (34°92’’ North, 33°63’’ East). Excavations conducted by the French Archaeological Mission (dir. M. Yon) between 1987 and 1998 cleared impressive shipsheds dating to the Classical period (5th-4th cent. B.C.), among the best preserved in the Mediterranean. The military vocation of the building was demonstrated through its dimensions and special features, designed for long and light ships (triremes). Environmental studies in the harbour basin revealed the long-term maritime vocation of...

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A Sanctuary and the Necropoleis Excavated by Max Ohnefalsch-Richter at Ancient Idalion

Ancient Idalion was one of the city kingdoms of Iron Age Cyprus, its capital bearing the same name and located in the immediate neighbourhood of the modern village of Dali in the Republic of Cyprus. Especially the rich necropoleis did attract antiquity searchers such as Luigi Palma di Cesnola from the mid-19th century onwards. The earliest systematic excavations at Idalion were carried out by Max Ohnefalsch-Richter in the 80s and 90s of the 19th century, but they were never properly published. The present project is based on a series of unpublished documents issued from Max Ohnefalsch-...

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Late Bronze Age Society in Cyprus: Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios publication

The large Late Bronze Age site of Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios near the south coast of Cyprus was excavated in 1979-98 as part of the research of the Vasilikos Valley Project, directed by Prof. Ian Todd and Alison South. A well-planned settlement of about 10 hectares located near the coast, adjacent to a major river and close to copper sources, it was occupied about 1500-1200 BC (Late Cypriote IIA-C), and included a variety of types of domestic, industrial and administrative buildings all on the same orientation. At the north end of a long main street, the...

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Polis-Peristeries: an Iron Age Sanctuary in Cyprus, volume 1

The Polis-Peristeries sanctuary preserves remarkable evidence for the use of ancient sacred
space.


For nine years (1988–1991, 1994–1997, 2000), the Princeton Cyprus Expedition excavated an
Iron Age sanctuary in the locality of Peristeries in Polis Chrysochous, Cyprus, the location of the
ancient city of Marion. This sanctuary dedicated to the female goddess of Cyprus was in use for
half a millennium, from ca. 950 to ca. 450 BCE. The sanctuary escaped the attention of early
excavators in the 19th and early 20th centuries and was nearly untouched by...

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Excavations at Kourion’s Amathous Gate Cemetery, Cyprus

The Greco-Roman port-city of Kourion lies on a plateau overlooking the south coast of Cyprus, just west of Akrotiri Peninsula (Lat. 34.667; Long. 32.883). One of its most striking features is the cemetery that lines the road leading up to the Amathous Gate on the south-eastern side of its Acropolis. The tombs range from the Hellenistic to Late Roman period (3rd century BC to 7th century AD), and include a rich range of artefactual material and the very well preserved skeletal remains of at least 111 individuals. Closely associated with this material is a range of other interesting and...

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