Completion of the 2016 archaeological excavations at Kition
The Department of Antiquities of the Republic of Cyprus has announced the completion of the 2016 archaeological excavations of the French Archaeological Mission at Kition. This was the Mission’s first campaign in the Northern part of the site of Kition-Bamboula, conducted under the direction of S. Fourrier (MAEDI-CNRS-Lyon2 University).
|Test trench (sontage) 10 [Credit: Department of Antiquities]|
The excavation stopped on a Late Archaic layer (6th c. BC). As a preliminary result, this sounding confirms that the final phase of occupation at the site of Kition-Bamboula dates to the Hellenistic period and that there is a shift during later periods towards other areas of modern Larnaca. The continuation of the trench will hopefully yield a complete and continuous stratigraphic sequence.
|Fragmentary amphoriskos of Proto-White Painted ware |
[Credit: Department of Antiquities]
Most floors and walls uncovered to the West of the trench date to the Late Geometric period (9th c. BC). Restricted soundings under the floors demonstrate that they rest on earlier Geometric layers, some of which can be dated to the 11th c. BC.
The preliminary results of this first campaign provide a new picture for the history of occupation at the site. The first layers date to the 13th cent. BC, that is to the time of the foundation of the city of Kition. This is the first time that Late Bronze Age floors are found at Kition-Bamboula, and the continuation of excavations will hopefully provide a full stratigraphic sequence for the Late Bronze-Early Iron Age sequence. Besides, the generally admitted hypothesis that the area was enclosed within the ancient city-walls needs to be revised on the basis of the new evidence.
Source: Department of Antiquities, Republic of Cyprus [December 08, 2016]