New findings from Politiko-Troullia excavations
Nicosia, July 22 (CNA) -- Excavations on the west sector of the Bronze Age community of Politiko-Troullia, lying about 25 km southwest of Nicosia near Ayios Irakleidios Monastery in the copper-bearing foothills of the Troodos Mountains, which continued during summer 2009, have brought to light a series of households around a large communal courtyard.
These produced evidence of intensive animal husbandry and crop processing, copper metallurgy and sophisticated ceramic technology during the Middle Bronze Age, just prior to the advent of cities on Late Bronze Age Cyprus, a press release issued by the Ministry of Communications and Works, Department of Antiquities has said.
According to the press release, the results from Politiko-Troullia open an archaeological window on the communities that provided the foundation for urbanised civilisation 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. 2000-1500 B.C.) that was the predecessor of ancient Tamassos, the seat of a centrally important kingdom during the subsequent Iron Age. These excavations involved graduate and undergraduate students from Cyprus, Canada and the United States.
The 2009 excavations at the west sector, the Department of Antiquities said, provide evidence of occupation at Politiko-Troullia somewhat earlier in the Middle Cypriot Period than the evidence from the east sector excavated in 2007, which dates to the latter portions of the Middle Cypriot Period.
These results suggest the potential of a dispersed farming community comprised of earlier households with shared communal space and later discrete room blocks. The inhabitants of Politiko-Troullia appeared to have shifted from being mixed hunters and farmers to dedicated farmers and herders.
Future excavations hope to produce excavated evidence to supplement this portrait, especially from the portions of Politiko-Troullia West that promise to reveal stratified evidence that may carry the record of settlement at this community earlier into the Bronze Age.