Sewerage work uncovers ancient tombs in Cyprus
|Excavations of the Larnaca grave site revealed by sewerage works [Credit: Cyprus Mail]|
Larnaca mayor Andreas Louroutziatis said work on the sewerage system will stop temporarily at the site until a decision is taken in collaboration with the antiquities department on whether excavations should continue to find any new possible archaeological discoveries.
“The discovery of Phoenician tombs is yet another indication that Larnaca is a city filled with history. It is an area continuously inhabited for four thousand years, and the discovery of ancient tombs and sarcophagi proves this to be true,” he said.
|What appears to be a sarcophagus found during the excavation [Credit: Cyprus Mail]|
Father Michael, a priest from the nearby Church of Panayia Faneromeni, said plans have been prepared for the renovation of the catacomb under the old church and the creation of an underground museum. The project will cost €300,000, half of which will be covered by the antiquities department.
Source: Cyprus Mail [May 01, 2012]