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Sixth Season Completed for the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project
2008-08-28 12:36:08

Nicosia, Aug 27 - The Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project has completed its sixth season of fieldwork at the site of Pyla-Koutsopetria on Cyprus.

An official press release issued here today notes that the project, carried out between May 15th and June 25th 2008 with the help of a team of experts from universities in the U.S. and Europe, had two goals, the publication of the finds excavated from a small area of the site by Maria Hadjicosti during two campaigns in the 1990s and a survey of archaeological features across the entire 150ha (1,500,000 square meters) site.

The 2008 field and study seasons saw the completion of the intensive survey work at the site which began in 2004. The presence of numerous figurines discovered in recent survey work suggests a previously unknown Cypro-Archaic-Classical shrine on the coastal plateau. In addition to completing their survey, they conducted several small soundings on the height of Pyla-Kokkinokremos and Vigla to confirm the results of pedestrian survey and geophysical work in 2007.

These small soundings brought to light the remains of a fortified settlement on the hill of Vigla which appears to have been occupied from the Cypro-Archaic to the Hellenistic period. The most dramatic feature of this settlement was a fortification wall that ringed the entire plateau. Two small soundings on Kokkinokremos enabled us to expand the known area of occupation on the ridge.

Our conclusions are based on the discovery of a section of wall datable to the Late Bronze Age that was located considerably outside the area of use proposed by earlier studies. The work on both Vigla and Kokkinokremos as well as the survey continue to expand knowledge of this important stretch of the Cypriot coast.

The project enjoyed the generous assistance of the Estate Manager of the British Sovereign Area – Dhekelia Garrison, the Larnaca District Archaeological Museum and the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute.

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