2021 results of the Palaepaphos Urban Landscape Project

The Department of Antiquities, Cyprus (Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works) announces that between the 17th May and the 30th June 2021 the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus conducted its 16th mission, within the framework of the Palaepaphos Urban Landscape Project, which has been running since 2006 under the direction of Professor Maria Iakovou.

The 2021 excavations focused on the monumental workshop complex that was identified running along the north side of the plateau of Hadjiabdoulla, to the east of the temple of Aphrodite and modern-day Kouklia village. In total, 10 units have been revealed, covering an area of 1250 sq.m. All units are situated on the external side of the enclosure wall running down the north slope.

The main objective of the 2021 works was to investigate the relationship between the workshops and the palatial complex, situated to the east. Although this complex was identified by a British Mission in the 1950’s, its excavation and study have not yet been completed. However, the two impressive public monuments, in combination with the epigraphic evidence that have recently been unearthed in the workshops, allow us to identify the plateau as the acropolis of the ancient city of Pafos in the 5th and 4th c. BC.

The excavation of the easternmost workshop unit (Unit 9) and the cleaning of the palace’s west enclosure wall, situated at a 1-3 m. distance, revoked the hypothesis that of access and direct contact between the two complexes. Although based on the pottery analysis, both monuments seem to belong to the Cypro-Classical period, it is beginning to become clear that the construction of the palace predates that of the workshops.

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