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Chariot racing mosaic found in Cyprus

The find depicts a chariot race at a hippodrome with one standing charioteer drawn by four horses. In total it shows four chariots in the race. Each one has inscriptions believed to be the name of the charioteer and the name of one of the horses. At three points along the

3,500-year-old tomb found in Cyprus

An excavation in the ancient harbour town of Hala Sultan Tekke has led to the discovery of a late Bronze Age tomb. The discovery was made by a team of Swedish archaeologists, as part of the Swedish Cyprus Expedition, which aims to further our knowledge of early Cypriot history. The project

Roman mosaic found in Cyprus

A Roman-period mosaic depicting the 12 labours of Hercules has been found by sewage workers in Cyprus. The antiquities department said the mosaic was evidence that Ancient Kition — on which modern Larnaca was built — played an important role in establishing Roman culture in Cyprus. "However, up to this day Roman

Neolithic village found in Cyprus

20 round buildings making up a Neolithic village have been unearthed in Cyprus. The department said in a statement that excavations, which concluded last month in the Ayios Tychonas-Klimonas area near Cyprus' southern coast, also found domestic dogs and cats had already been introduced to Cyprus when the village was active

Roman theatre district in Cyprus mapped

Archaeologists are working to map the theatre district at the ancient city of Nea Paphos. The University of Sydney team has been excavating at Nea Paphos for two decades under the auspices of Cyprus’ Department of Antiquities. In that time it has uncovered and studied a theatre used for performance and

Gold wreath found in Cyprus tomb complex

A gold wreath in the shape of an ivy plant has been found at a 2,400-year-old tomb complex in Cyprus. The complex contains three burial chambers, two of which were intact while the third had been looted. In the unlooted chambers archaeologists found human remains as well as jewelry, figurines, weapons

Neolithic pit oven recreated and tested

Archaeologists working at Prastio Mesorotsos in Cyprus have recreated a Neolithic pit oven. A 9,000-year-old barbecue pit was recently discovered at Prastio Mesorotsos, a site in the Diarizos Valley outside of Paphos, which has been almost continuously occupied from the Neolithic era to the present. It took three years of excavations

Column Capital found in Cyprus

An ancient column capital has been found by construction workers in Cyprus. The stone artifact, which once formed the topmost member of a column (or a pilaster) was discovered by workmen west of the church which is currently undergoing a complete restoration. Priest Georgios Ioannou said that as soon as the column

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