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26 August 2007
Bronze Age excavations in Cyprus

Archaeological investigations in the past summer featured renewed excavations at the Bronze Age community of Politiko-Troullia, about 25 km southwest of Nicosia (Cyprus) in the copper-bearing foothills of the Troodos Mountains, and brought to light a series of households that produced evidence of intensive animal domestication and crop processing, copper or bronze metallurgy and sophisticated ceramic technology. According to the excavations, this took place during the Middle Bronze Age, just prior to the advent of cities on Late Bronze Age Cyprus.
     The results from Politiko-Troullia open a new archaeological chapter on the communities that provided the foundation for urbanized civilization on Cyprus. Under 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 BCE) 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.

Source: Financial Mirror (21 August 2007)

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