Expedition finds ancient city in Cyprus

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TRAVEL GAZETTE – A Swedish expedition from the University of Gothenburg has discovered an ancient city in Cyprus.

Located near Larnaca, it was founded in the 16th century BC and until now, only a small part of it has been explored, reported the Famagusta Gazette.

The city was destroyed in the 12th century BC and was abandoned.

It is close to the famed Hala Sultan Tekke in Larnaca, on the east coast of Cyprus, near the international airport.

Excavations took place between May and June 2015, under the guidance of Professor Peter M. Fischer.

Preliminary results of this year’s research indicate three phases of settlement, with the transition between the two recent ones being dated shortly after 1200 BC, the latest.

Those two phases were marked by destructive events, as it is indicated by layers of ashes and damaged buildings.

The team also discovered a series of artefacts and burial gifts, including alabaster vases, pottery and an Egyptian scarab.

At different locations, the remains of animals were also found, most notably a large turtle shell, dog bones and the remains of a camel, a cow, a sheep and a goat.

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