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Significant ancient find near Xeros river in Paphos

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Excavations have revealed an impressive circular building near the Xeros river in the Paphos region, on the outskirts of the Troodos mountains, the department of antiquities announced on Thursday.

The discovery in such a secluded area of Troodos raises new questions, as it now seems the mountain area was more culturally important than previously believed.

The building was unearthed during an archaeological mission of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The team, under the direction of Professor Nikos Efstratiou, consisted of undergraduate and postgraduate students of the archaeology department of the university and Cypriot researcher Demetris Kyriakou.

According to the announcement which marks the conclusion of the excavation before the summer, the building, located at an altitude of 460 metres, dates from 6,400BC to 5,600 BC, around the same period as the Choirokoitia ancient site.

The stone building with a diameter of at least five metres was first discovered in 2018 and further investigated this year.

“It was extremely carefully constructed, with a double row of stones, is in very good condition and smaller structures were also found. The interesting find includes a large number of extinct tools from flint and stone vessels, as well a number of animal bones,” the department said.

Apart from contributing to the historical knowledge of the country, the finding is a welcome addition to other buildings from the ‘Choirokoitia period’, of which few exist.

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