Department of Antiquities


Dromolaxia- Vizatzia (Hala Sultan Tekke)- Vrije Universiteit Brussel


(Site Director: Prof. Karin Nys)

The Ministry of Communications and Works, Department of Antiquities, announces the completion of the field investigations for 2011 at the Late Bronze Age site of Dromolaxia-Vizatzia (Hala Sultan Tekke). In the framework of the post-excavation processing of the unpublished Swedish excavation campaigns (1979-2005), led by the late Prof. Paul Åström, the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus granted permission to Prof. Karin Nys (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) to conduct field investigations in Area 8 of the Late Bronze Age site of Dromolaxia-Vizakia (Hala Sultan Tekke) from April 1st to April 19th 2011. The team of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel collaborated with a team of the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, led by Dr Matthias Recke, and a team of the Cyprus Institute, led by Dr Sorin Hermon.

The aim of these field investigations was to acquire a detailed picture of the building history and to verify and complete the remaining field notes of the previous Swedish excavation campaigns. The research mainly focussed on ‘Building C’, because in this building unit it was still possible to examine the stratigraphy of two former trenches of the Swedish excavations. In addition, thirteen small sondages were investigated in order to clarify the complex building history. The preliminary results indicate that there were four Late Bronze Age occupation phases of which the latest may be dated to LC IIIA2 (c. 1150-1110 B.C.).

At a subsequent stage, the team of the Cyprus Institute made a 3D-scanning of the investigated compound, which will form the basis for an accurate mapping of the different building phases. The 3D-model will facilitate the spatial and context analysis and will further allow the testing of hypothetical models of the building environment.

In Room 23, located in the eastern extension of the Swedish trench, a stone bovine figurine was found that recalls a similar figurine from Enkomi, found by Claude F.A. Schaeffer.

Stone figurine from excavations at Dromolaxia-Vizakia, 2011

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