Excavations at Souskiou-Laona area in Cyprus unveiled ancient burial sites which provide an insight into religious and social rites of the 3000 B.C. period
The site of Souskiou, near Palaepaphos, is famous for the earliest cemeteries in Cyprus, belonging to c. 3000 B.C., long before they became standard from the Bronze Age to the present.
The four week excavations were carried out by a University of Edinburgh/Lemba Archaeological Research Centre team, under the directorship of Professor Edgar Peltenburg.
An official press release said the excavations focused on the habitations of those people who were eventually buried in the cemeteries.
Their settlement is located on a steep hillside and this season the excavators were able to show how Chalcolithic people carved series of terraces on which to place their houses. Contrary to common belief, the remains were well preserved on the protected inner side of these terraces and much evidence was gained on the lifestyle of the community.
The Souskiou settlers specialised in the production of the cruciform figurines of the type that will soon grace the new euro to be introduced in Cyprus.