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Excavations in Politiko-Troullia open new archaeological window
2007-08-23 09:32:03

Nicosia, Aug 20 - Archaeological investigations in Cyprus during summer 2007 featured renewed excavations at the Bronze Age community of Politiko-Troullia, lying about 25 km southwest of Nicosia in the copper-bearing foothills of the Troodos Mountains, and brought to light a series of households that produced evidence of intensive animal husbandry and crop processing, copper or bronze metallurgy and sophisticated ceramic technology during the Middle Bronze Age, just prior to the advent of cities on Late Bronze Age Cyprus.

The results from Politiko-Troullia open an archaeological window on the communities that provided the foundation for urbanized civilization on Cyprus.

Under permit from the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus and the direction of Dr. Steven Falconer and Dr. Patricia Fall of Arizona State University, this fieldwork revealed extensive evidence of the Bronze Age community (ca. 2000 B.C.) that was the predecessor of ancient Tamassos, the seat of a centrally important kingdom during the subsequent Iron Age.

The excavations involved graduate and undergraduate students from Cyprus, Canada, Australia and the United States.

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