2015 Prastio-Mesorotsos archaeological expedition completed
The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Communications and Works, announces the completion of the 2015 University of Edinburgh archaeological investigations at the multi-period site of Prastio-Mesorotsos in the Pafos district. The excavations were conducted from 3 June to 8 July 2015. The team is led by Dr. Andrew McCarthy, Fellow of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, and Director of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI). The project involves the cooperation of an international team of specialists and field school students. The long-lived site has revealed a remarkable sequence of prehistoric and historic period remains. This season the project uncovered traces of the pre-ceramic and ceramic Neolithic, the Chalcolithic period, the Early and Middle Cypriot Bronze Age and the Byzantine and Frankish periods.
The prehistoric remains show an early phase in the pre-ceramic Neolithic period when the site was probably seasonally inhabited. Attributed to this phase, a large (2.5-3m diameter) pit-oven and a smaller-scale domed oven were previously discovered, and in 2015 more evidence for their use and function in the ancient community were excavated. -26.08.2015