Neolithic site brought to light in Troodos mountains by Aristotle University

Cyprus Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announced the completion of the 2018 archaeological mission of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUT) in the Troodos mountains.

The team, under the direction of Professor Nikos Efstratiou, consisted of AUT students of History and Archaeology and Archaeologist/Educator Mr Demetris Kyriakou. This year the remains of an unknown prehistoric site were uncovered.

The AUT excavations in the upper part of the Xeros River terrace in the Pafos District, which have been taking place for some years now, have already revealed evidence of the 9th millennium hunter/gatherer site of Agios Ioannis/Vretsia-Rhoudias.

This year’s excavations have revealed the architectural remains of a later, unknown Neolithic site (named Ag. Ioannis/Vretsia-Upper Roudias), as well as impressive moveable findings such as a number of ground stones, lithics, picrolite ornaments and animal bones.

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