3600-year-old Swedish Axes Were Made With Copper From Cyprus

Ancient rock carvings in Sweden evidently aren’t of local boats but show ships bringing the metal from the Levant. Continue reading “3600-year-old Swedish Axes Were Made With Copper From Cyprus”

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Important finds at Politiko-Troullia and Pyla-Koutsopetria excavations on Cyprus island

Cyprus’ Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announced the completion of the 2018 archaeological investigations at the Bronze Age (ca. 2100-1850 B.C.) site of Politiko-Troullia, conducted under the direction of Dr Steven Falconer and Dr Patricia Fall, University of North Carolina Charlotte, USA. Politiko-Troullia is situated approximately 25 km southwest of Nicosia, near Ayios Irakleidios Monastery, in the copper-bearing foothills of the Troodos Mountains. Bronze Age Politiko-Troullia seems to have been the predecessor of ancient Tamassos, the seat of a centrally important kingdom during the subsequent Iron Age. Continue reading “Important finds at Politiko-Troullia and Pyla-Koutsopetria excavations on Cyprus island”

New finds at the Prastio-Mesorotsos site

The 2018 archaeological expedition at the multi-period site of Prastio-Mesorotsos in the Pafos district by the University of Edinburgh has been completed. Excavations were conducted from 27 June to 8 August 2018 under the direction of Dr. Andrew McCarthy, Fellow of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. The project involves the cooperation of an international team of specialists and field school students. Continue reading “New finds at the Prastio-Mesorotsos site”

The oldest farming village in the Mediterranean islands is discovered in Cyprus

The oldest agricultural settlement ever found on a Mediterranean island has been discovered in Cyprus by a team of French archaeologists involving CNRS, the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (National Museum of Natural History), INRAP, EHESS and the University of Toulouse II-Le Mirail. Previously it was believed that, due to the island’s geographic isolation, the first Neolithic farming societies did not reach Cyprus until a thousand years after the birth of agriculture in the Middle East (ca. 9500 to 9400 BCE). Continue reading “The oldest farming village in the Mediterranean islands is discovered in Cyprus”

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