Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


23 October 2014

Erimi-Laonin tou Porakou: University of Florence

Cyprus Department of Antiquities

Erimi-Laonin tou Porakou: University of Florence

The Department of Antiquities (Ministry of Communications and Works) announces the completion of the 2014 fieldwork season undertaken by the Italian Archaeological Mission at Erimi (Università degli Studi di Firenze) at the site of Erimi-Laonin tou Porakou. This year’s investigations took place from July 21st to August 18th 2014. The Bronze Age occupation sequence at Erimi-Laonin tou Porakou revealed two main phases, with a series of related sub-phases ranging from the Middle to the very beginning of Late Bronze Age period (EC III/MCI- LC I); The site area was then scanty frequented during the late-Hellenistic and Roman periods, apparently following a long abandonment phase.

The focus of the 2014 season was on the investigation of three significant areas, different in character with regards to their use: the top hill area (Area A), where an extended workshop complex was identified; the domestic quarter (Area B) and the southern cemetery (Area E). The excavation in the workshop complex yielded positive results and new data related was collected relating to the architecture, the building techniques and the stratigraphy of the Bronze Age occupation of this productive area. At this point, the whole workshop complex extends over the 30×30 m. area currently under investigation. A complete open-air working area extends towards the eastern area of the complex, while a series of two new large rectangular units were cleared on the western and eastern wings with a completely preserved monolithic stone threshold, as well as a pivot system and locking devices. A sudden collapse of the wall structures allowed the preservation of materials in their original place.

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