Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


28 October 2016

Completion of the 2016 excavation season at Pyla-Kokkinokremos

Ministry of Interior, Republic of Cyprus

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works announces the completion of the 2016 excavation season at the Late Bronze Age site of Pyla-Kokkinokremos, near the village of Pyla in the Larnaca District. The excavations are conducted under the direction of Prof Joachim Bretschneider (University of Ghent & KU Leuven), Dr Athanasia Kanta (Mediterranean Archaeological Society) and Prof. Dr Jan Driessen (Université Catholique de Louvain) and took place from March 27th to April 24th 2016.

Located on the south-east coast of Cyprus, Pyla-Kokkinokremos was only founded a few decades prior to its eventual abandonment at the beginning of the 12th c. BC. This limited occupation makes the site an excellent case study to explore the impact of the so-called crisis years on the island. Since the settlement was never reoccupied and has an overall lifespan of less than fifty years, Pyla’s material culture can be considered a ‘time capsule’ for this Late Cypriot IIC-IIIA critical phase. Because of its limited chronological occupation, its strategic position on top of a naturally fortified hill and the surprising variety of its material culture – with both imported Mycenaean, Minoan, Sardinian, Hittite, Canaanite as well as local Cypriot pottery – Pyla has attracted a fair deal of scholarly attention and plays a vital role in the discussion on potential Aegean migrations to Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean in the advanced Bronze Age.



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