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Pyla – Koutsopetria Archaeological Project Completed

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announced that the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project (PKAP) completed its 15th season οn June 14 under the direction of Brandon R. Olson, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Tom Landvatter, Reed College, and R. Scott Moore, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

PKAP has excavated a series of small soundings at the site of Pyla-Vigla in the summers of 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2018.

These excavations revealed the presence of a previously unknown early-Hellenistic fortification.

Vigla is located on a steep plateau overlooking Larnaca Bay, which provided both a strong defensible location and an advantageous view of the coastal road between ancient Kition and Salamis.

The military nature of the site was demonstrated by the discovery of an extensive fortification system, projectile points, and lead sling bullets.

The architectural, ceramic, and numismatic evidence discovered during previous seasons clearly date the occupation of the fortifications on Vigla to the late 4th and early 3rd centuries B.C., a period not well-documented in Cypriot history.