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Katalymmata excavations completed

The Department of Antiquities has announced the completion of excavations at the site of Katalymmata ton Plakoton at Akrotiri ton Gaton and excavations conducted in the periphery of the Middle Byzantine church of Panayia tou Kampou Choirokiti. 

The date of the erection has been determined at the end of the first decade of the reign of emperor Heraclius (616-619 A.D.)
The excavations at Katalymmata ton Plakoton, of the Akrotiri peninsula, were held under the directions of the Senior Archaeological officer of the Department, Dr Eleni Procopiou. 

During this season the excavation uncovered one more three aisled branch to the east of the peculiar narthex-martyrion which is excavated since 2007, forming a T shape plan. 

It has a width of 36 m on N-S axis and a total length of 29 m without the protruding to the west apse. It is connected with the central nave, the plan of which is not yet determined, through three openings, the tribelon, to the east end of the three aisled eastern branch. 

Along the south side of that branch adjacent rooms were uncovered, whereas to the north side it is extended without any division a long hall (catechoumenon) and a portico with raw of piers. 

The date of the erection has been determined at the end of the first decade of the reign of emperor Heraclius (616-619 A.D.), whereas its abandonement and destruction happened slightly before the middle of the 7th century.  

Source: Famagusta Gazette [February 24, 2011]


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