Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


18 July 2011

Intruders were no match for Bronze Age fortress

Jennifer Welsh,, 20-06-2011

The cultural and economic center of the ancient Mycenaean city of Bamboula, near what is now Cyprus, was well-protected by an ancient wall, and may have served as a fortress to protect the city from outside threats. Bamboula was flourishing in the late Bronze Age, between the 13th and 11th centuries B.C. The remains of the once-great city currently sit outside the modern village of Episkopi along the southwestern coast of Cyprus. It served as an ancient trading center, and grew wealthy off the copper from the nearby Troodos Mountains. The team, led by Gisela Walberg of the University of Cincinnati, started uncovering the site in 2001. Their most recent find is a set of walls that appear to belong to a Late Bronze Age (1500-750 B.C.) fortress that may have functioned to protect the urban economic center. The walls are about 15 feet thick, much more robust than any building walls would be.

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