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Completion of fieldwork at Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project
23/07/2007



The Ministry of Communication and Works (Department of Antiquities) announces that the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project recently completed its fifth season of fieldwork at the site of Pyla-Koutsopetria with the permission and cooperation of the Department of Antiquities Director Mr. Pavlos Flourentzos. The project conducted its field season between 15 May and 20 June 2007 under the direction of Professor William Caraher (University of North Dakota), Professor R. Scott MoORE (Intiana University of Pennsylvania) and Professor David K. Pettegrew (Messiah College) and in collaboration with Dr. Maria Hadjicosti of the Department of Antiquities. This season the project was assisted by several specialists from Florida State University, the University of Edinburgh, and Bryn Mawr College. In addition, graduate students from Oxford University, the University of North Dakota, and the University of New Hampshire, along with four undergraduates from Indiana University of Pennsylvania also joined the PKAP team. The project enjoyed the generous assistance of the Estate Manager of the British Sovereign Area – Dhekelia Garrison, the Larnaka District Archaeological Museum, and the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute. The 2007 season΄s fieldwork was funded by grants from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the University of North Dakota, Messiah College, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and private contributions.

The 2007 field and study seasons saw the successful completion of several tasks. A geophysical survey project, involving the examination of over 20,000 square meters at the sites of Pyla-Koutsopetria and Pyla-Kokkinokremos, was directed by Michael Brown of the University of Edinburgh and John Hunt of Limassol. The preliminary results indicate the presence of numerous architectural features below the surface on both sites. In addition, nearly 30 hectares of an intensive, pedestrian survey was conducted to determine the extent of the Late Bronze Age site of Kokkonokaremos and the Late Roman site of Pyla-Koutsopetria. During the course of the survey, several prominent architectural features were discovered and documented on both the height of Vigla and Kokkinokremos. Finally, the project completed its catalogue of diagnostic and notable artifacts collected during the previous three field seasons and continued its study of the painted plaster and molded gypsum excavated from the site of Pyla-Koutsopetria by Maria Hadjicosti in 1993 and 1999.

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