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.
|The 2016 excavations at Chlorakas-Palloures [Credit: Department of Antiquities, Republic of Cyprus]|
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]