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Excavations of the Pafos Agora Project Excavations of the Pafos Agora Project

Excavations of the Pafos Agora Project by the Jagiellonian University Completed

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, Cyprus, announced the completion of the 2018 excavations of the Department of Classical Archaeology of the Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland, within the framework of the Pafos Agora Project (pap).

The Project aims to explore and study the Agora of the ancient city of Nea Pafos, the capital of Cyprus in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The excavations are conducted under the direction of Professor Ewdoksia Papuci-Władyka.

The first stage of the 2018 campaign was a study season, which took place between April and May 2018, with a small group of researchers, as well as a photographer and an illustrator.

The excavation campaign was conducted between the of August 08 and September 23, 2018 in various trenches in the Agora area.

In summary, the most important discovery of the 2018 season was the evidence that demonstrates that the Agora was much larger in than had been previously assumed. The finds from indicate that the stoai associated with the Agora were much larger than originally thought: the East Portico was double the size and the South Portico - triple.

The entire Agora, with its accompanying structures, can now be described as square, its sides measuring around 160 m and not 97 m, as suggested by scholars in the past.

It seems to have occupied an area of about 2,5 ha, and not one hector, as assumed previously.

This places the Pafos Agora amongst some of the largest of its kind in the Hellenistic world. Secondly, in light of the team’s research, the interpretation of the architectural complexes of the so-called Asklepieion and Odeon, unveiled in the western part of Agora in the 1970s, should be revisited.