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Pyla excavation works conclude for the year

Excavation work at the Late Bronze Era site of Pyla-Kokkinokremmos in Larnaca has been concluded for 2016, the Antiquities Department announced on Tuesday.

In a statement, the department said that the excavation was led by professor Joachim Bretschneider (University of Ghent & KU Leuven), Dr Athanasia Kanta (Mediterranean Archaeological Society) and Dr Jan Driessen (Universite Catholique de Louvain).

Pyla-Kokkinokremmos was inhabited for a few decades before being abandoned early in the 12th century BC.
According to the Antiquities Department, its short habitation lifespan – only 50 years – makes it a ‘time capsule’, while its strategic location at the top of a well-fortified hill, as well as the variety of the items found, the site has attracted the attention of prominent academics.

Items discovered during the dig include a complete Egyptian alabaster flask, painted with a garland of lotus flowers, a storage stirrup jar imported from Crete, an alabaster vase, a large grey-black stone jar, and an amphoroid Mycenaean crater decorated with birds.

Architectural findings also included various rooms, trenches dug out of rocks, and a retaining wall.

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