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Archaeologists Dig New Finds
2005-09-01 12:43:10

Archaeologists digging at Malloura, near the village of Atheniou (the ancient Golgoi) in Cyprus, have come up with some interesting finds, despite the site having been visited by grave robbers in the 1930s and 1960s, according to The Cyprus Weekly.

Head of the American Archaeological mission of Davidson University, North Carolina, Michalis Toumazou, who is of Cypriot descent, said they had been working in layers that had apparently escaped looting.

Presenting the results of this year’s excavations during a lecture in Atheniou, this week, Mr. Toumazou described the movable finds as “very impressive” noting that the work had focused on the sanctuary that had functioned for a thousand years from 750BC to the 2nd century AD.

The recent find included three-well preserved heads of pilgrims wearing laurel wreaths dating to the 5th century BC and an older 6th century AD upright male statue of Egyptian influence 60cm in height, but with the face missing.

According to historical sources, Golgoi was founded as a Greek colony of the Sikylonians, led by Golgos, reputedly the son of Adonis and Aphrodite.

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