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Ancient textile and dyeing workshops excavated in Erimi

Archaeologists excavating at Erimi-Laonin tou Porakou in the Limassol district have uncovered a complex of workshops covering an area 30X30 metres that appear to have been used for textiles and dyeing.

“A complete open-air working area extends towards the eastern area of the complex, while a series of two new large rectangular units were cleared on the western and eastern wings with a completely preserved monolithic stone threshold, as well as a pivot system and locking devices,” an announcement from the department of antiquities said on Wednesday.

It said the analysis of botanical remains together with the evidence for working installations such as basins and channels, and an assemblage of objects such as spindle whorls and pouring vessels strengthened the hypothesis that weaving and textile dying were the main activities performed in the complex.

Archaeologists also located foundation structures of what appeared to be a large housing area, extending over a 20×15 metre area, which it said was currently being explored.

A series of five roofed domestic units were organised around open rectangular courts equipped with small working installations such as pots emplacements and basins carved into the limestone bedrock.

The findings suggest Middle Bronze Age.

Two graves were also investigated, which were found to have unusual architectural features and burial rituals.

The excavations involved a team of archaeologists of the University of Turin with the support of four anthropologists and a team of five restorers from the Universities of Turin and Florence. A team of three topographers from the Ge.Co Institute, Italy, performed the laser-scanner mapping of the settlement and of the funerary structures.

The excavations took place from July 21 to August 18.

 

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