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Bronze Age Minoan Ingots Are Evidence of Ancient Trade Links

Bronze Age Minoan ingots with unique markings that were just discovered off the Israeli coast show vast trading links between Cyprus and Sardinia, archaeologists say. Dating back to the late Bronze age, approximately the 13th to the early 12th century...

Ancient Phoenician Plaque Unearthed in Cyprus

An ancient Phoenician plaque, a stone pillar and the remains of boatsheds were unearthed as a result of 2021's archaeological excavations in Kition-Pampoula, Cyprus, the Department of Antiquities announced last Friday. The archaeologists working under the auspices of the Department...

The Tombs of the Kings in Paphos, Cyprus are Unique UNESCO Site

The Tombs of the Kings are part of a large necropolis lying about two kilometers north of Paphos Harbor at the westernmost point of the island of Cyprus. They were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with Paphos...

Bronze Age Tombs in Cyprus Yield Solid Gold Tiara, Necklace

Newly-excavated Bronze Age tombs near the sea in Cyprus revealed the remains of an aristocratic family wearing solid gold necklaces and tiaras, surrounded by grave goods from faraway lands, showing the extensive trade networks of the time. A seal from...

Palindrome Inscription Found on Ancient Amulet in Cyprus

A team of Polish archaeologists in Nea Paphos, Cyprus have unearthed a 1,500-year-old two-sided amulet depicting a palindrome inscription written in ancient Greek. Palindromes are phrases that are read the same both forward and backwards. The amulet's 59-letter inscription reads: "ΙΑΕW ΒΑΦΡΕΝΕΜ...

Important Early Christian Site Discovered in Cyprus

An important Christian site has been discovered in Cyprus with mosaics which bear clear inscriptions in Greek. The excavation, conducted on the Akrotirio peninsula by the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus, began in 2007. The twelfth round of excavations has now been...