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Paphos, Cyprus - Toumballos Paphos, Cyprus - Toumballos

University of Catania Excavations at Pafos-Toumballos

The Department of Antiquities of Cyprus and the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, has announced the completion of this year’s excavations at Pafos-Toumballos.

The excavations were conducted by the archaeological mission of the University of Catania and co-directed by Filippo and Elvia Giudice.

The area under excavation is known as Garrison’s Camp and like in 2017, this year’s fieldwork concentrated on the southern part of the area, where a rocky bank (with an east–west direction) rises from the plain.

In this respective area, numerous niches were excavated, which probably were used to hold lamps that were offered to the deity worshiped at the sanctuary.

The excavations of 2013 and 2017 had revealed two walls, one with a north-south orientation and the other with an east-west one. These walls delineated the corner of a basin covered with hydraulic mortar. In the same area, a wall consisting of medium-sized stones, barely dressed and held together with lime were also excavated. Based on its construction characteristics, the wall seems to belong to the early Christian period, around the fifth century AD. It was excavated at a total length of 11.6 m, reaching the excavation area’s limits.

Two other walls that were excavated delimit two rooms of a newly discovered early Christian house. The first room faint traces of ancient flooring comprised of compact beaten earth. Beneath this floor, fragments of amphorae, small cups and a small lamp were excavated. The second room has been only partially explored and does not preserve traces of flooring. In this room a substantial layer of red earth, mixed with small stones was removed in order to reveal a considerable quantity of late classical and hellenistic material.