Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


9 January 2014

‘Roudias’ site in the Troodos Mountains: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Cyprus Department of Antiquities

‘Roudias’ site in the Troodos Mountains: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Communications and Works, announces that after a year gap, the archaeological investigations conducted by the Department of History and Archaeology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUT) at the early Epipalaeolithic site of Vretsia-Roudias in the Troodos mountains (Pafos District) continued in 2013. The project was carried out over twelve days in November 2013 by a small team of archaeology students, under the direction of Professor Nikolaos Efstratiou. This year’s aims were to continue the excavation of trenches that had been opened in 2011 but also to investigate a larger area by opening new trenches.

More specifically, the team attempted to find the limits and understand the character of the ‘stone feature’, which is composed of an extensive layer of stones that had been identified during previous excavation seasons in a central location of the site. In addition, investigations focused on confirming the site’s impressive stratigraphy, especially its deeper layers which are the most intriguing since they comprise of sealed deposits. Another aim was to collect more material, mainly organic remains, which unfortunately are not well-preserved in the specific environment.

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