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Archaeology in Cyprus, 1951

  • A. H. S. Megaw (a1)

At the Sotíra Neolithic settlement P. Dikaios, working for the Curium Expedition, has followed up his trial of 1947 with the clearance of the greater part of the hill-top. A tightly-packed group of house foundations of light construction was laid bare. In form they ranged from circular to rectangular with rounded angles (Fig. 1); the upper parts of the walls were evidently of mud brick and the roofs of the rectangular houses probably flat. The topmost floors overlay a demolition layer which sealed well-preserved hearths, post-holes, andother features. These lower floors yielded an unusually rich series of implements, of flint, stone and bone, as well as bowls and jugs of the combed ware characteristic of this site.

New Neolithic–Chalcolithic sites have been noted by G. Eliades in the neighbourhood of Paphos, notably a large one of the Erími culture at Kissónerga. A site of the Khirokítia stage has been located near the monastery of Apostolos Andreas, not far from the point of the Karpas peninsula; and one of the Sotira period at Kouphóvounos near Kandou by J. S. Last.

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1 Thanks are due to all those named in this report for kindly supplying the information on which it is based.

2 Pennsylvania University Museum Bulletin, XIII, pl. 3, 16 f.

3 ILN, 2 March 1946, 244–5.

4 ILN, 27 Aug. 1949, 316–17.

5 Cf. JHS LXVI, 5 ff.

6 Antiquaries Journal XXXI, 51 f.

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