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2016 dig season at Chalcolithic settlement at the Chlorakas-Palloures site completed

The Cypriot Department of Antiquities announced the completion of the second season of excavations at the Chalcolithic site of Chlorakas-Palloures. The excavations, directed by Dr Bleda Düring of Leiden University, are performed in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus.

2016 dig season at Chalcolithic settlement at the Chlorakas-Palloures site completed
The 2016 excavations at Chlorakas-Palloures [Credit: Department of Antiquities, Republic of Cyprus]
During the 2016 excavation season two small neighbourhoods of this 5.000 year-old site were investigated. In the north section of the area a large and monumental, well-built, domestic building was unearthed, with plastered interior and exterior surfaces. In the centre of the building a large mortar installation was found as well as a hearth measuring 2.5 meters across. Next to the building, other similar ones were identified.

In the south section of the area, a series of smaller round houses were excavated, measuring around 6-8 meters in diameter. This, however, was by no means the poorer quarter of the site. In this part of the settlement a number of copper artefacts were found – which are among a few known so far for the Chalcolithic period, as well as beautiful figurines.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the settlement at Chlorakas-Palloures was an important settlement in the Chalcolithic period, with access to high quality flint and picrolite (used for figurines), metal artefacts, and large well-built houses.

Source: Press and Information Office, Ministry of Interior, Republic of Cyprus [July 19, 2016]

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