Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


18 September 2013

The New Swedish Cyprus Expedition 2013: Excavations at Hala Sultan Tekke

The excavations (May-June 2013) were directed by Professor Peter M. Fischer from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The Torsten Söderberg Foundation, Sweden, kindly supported by Dr. Tomas Söderberg, sponsored the project. Most welcome additional resources came from INSTAP and the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg.

The results from a 1.3 hectare Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey in June 2012 were confirmed during the May-June 2013 excavations of a limited area (200 sq.m).The GPR survey was carried out by a team from the Boltzmann Institute, University of Vienna, headed by I. Trinks. New man-made structures of stone to the west and south of Area 6 were indicated. The results point to previously unknown city quarters with fairly massive structures of stone. The most striking structures are located in an area extending all the way some 75 m to the west of Area 6. This complex covers some 35 m x 30 m and is located 30-40 m west of Area 6. At the westernmost part of the surveyed area additional structures in the shape of perpendicular stone walls were visible in the GPR-data. The radar data also indicated a 10 m wide band which is interpreted as a street, which separates the western city quarter from the larger building complex in Area 6 W. Additional stone-built structures were indicated to the south-east of the fenced Area 6.

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