Polish archaeologists in Cypriot breakthrough
PR dla Zagranicy
A team from Krakow’s Jagiellonian University that has been excavating the ancient city of Nea Paphos in Cyprus believes it has discovered the heart of the settlement.
Archaeologists at work in Nea Paphos. Photo: E. Papuci-Wladyka
The team led by Professor Ewdoksia Papuci-Wladyka from the university’s Institute of Archaeology, has now been working on the site for four seasons and excavations are still ongoing.
“Our most important discoveries this year were two large public buildings in the [ancient] city’s centre,” Professor Ewdoksia Papuci-Wladyka commented.
''One of them is undoubtedly a shrine, while the second is thought to have been used as a warehouse,” she said.
The professor noted that these buildings were always located near the Agora, the term used to describe the central area of Greek cities.
The team has also located an ancient well near the eastern entrance to the Agora, which was later used as a bin by the inhabitants. The well was found to contain broken dishes, fragments of figurines and coins from the Hellenistic period.
According to Greek mythology the goddess of love Aphrodite was born in the seas around Nea Paphos. The town has been inscribed onto UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites. (sl)