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Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

ARTICLES | 2017

1 May 2020

Novel survey methods shed light on prehistoric exploration in Cyprus

S.T. Stewart, P.M.N. Hitchings, P. Bikoulis & E.B. Banning Antiquity Project Gallery 355 (February 2017)

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Evidence for the earliest occupation of Cyprus (c. 11000–8500 cal BC) has been elusive as it often consists of small, diffuse and unobtrusive scatters of debris from stone tool manufacture. Yet tracing these sites is crucial if we are to understand how humans first explored the island, learned to exploit its resources and introduced useful flora and fauna from elsewhere. Our approach to this problem is to employ new methods of pedestrian survey and predictive modelling so as to investigate a route that could have linked the coast and the interior.

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