(Site Director: Dr. Bleda Düring)
The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces the completion of the second season of excavations at the Chalcolithic site of Chlorakas-Palloures. The excavations, directed by Dr. Bleda Düring of Leiden University, are performed in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus.
During the 2016 excavation season two small neighbourhoods of this 5000 year-old site were investigated. In the north section of the area a large and monumental, well-built, domestic building was unearthed, with plastered interior and exterior surfaces. In the centre of the building a large mortar installation was found as well as a hearth measuring 2.5 meters across. Next to the building, other similar ones were identified.
In the south section of the area, a series of smaller round houses were excavated, measuring around 6-8 meters in diameter. This, however, was by no means the poorer quarter of the site. In this part of the settlement a number of copper artefacts were found – which are among a few known so far for the Chalcolithic period, as well as beautiful figurines.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the settlement at Chlorakas-Palloures was an important settlement in the Chalcolithic period, with access to high quality flint and picrolite (used for figurines), metal artefacts, and large well-built houses.