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Ancient City Revealed in Larnaca

tromaktikoA part of the city dated back to the 16th-Century B.C., located close to the international airport of Larnaca, was brought to light by the excavations of Gothenburg University of Sweden.
According to the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus the city was destroyed and abandoned without being inhabited again. So far only a small part of it has been excavated.
The excavations revealed ,among others, items such as pottery and bronze objects. Several pots imported from the eastern Mediterranean have been as well found.
Moreover, near the site a room  which contained large vases full of Murex shells that were used as a source of purple dye,was also discovered.
According to the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus, in antiquity copper was exported from the island in northwest Greece as well as the current Western Europe, the eastern Mediterranean, Anatolia and Egypt.
The high standard of living for Cypriots during Bronze Age was not only due to copper but also to exports of high quality Cypriot pottery and purple fabrics. Cypriots imported gold, silver, lead and artwork mainly from Greece, Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean. There is also evidence for import in Cyprus of salted fish from the Nile in Egypt.

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