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News: Cyprus
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by Archaeology Newsroom

Archaeological investigation at Anogyra-Vlou

By the Russian Academy of Sciences

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works has announced the completion of the 2015 archaeological field season at Anogyra-Vlou and Anogyra-Tsoulloufatsena (Lemesos District). The fieldwork was conducted in September 2015 by the Cyprus Expedition of the Institute for the History of Material Culture (Russian Academy of Sciences) under the direction of Dr. V.A. Goroncharovskiy.

The main objective of archaeological exploration in the vicinity of the village of Anogyra was to conduct a geomagnetic survey at the site of Anogyra-Tsoulloufatesena, opposite the medieval monastery of Timios Stavros (Holy Cross). The total investigated area measures around 0.3 hectares. Although impressive architectural remains could not be detected due to the small contrast of the magnetic properties of the limestone walls and the extremely rocky soil, nevertheless, it is almost certain that a large building complex lies in this area. This is evidenced by the presence of building remains in trenches that were investigated in the past, displaced cut stone blocks, a stone weight from an olive oil press and ceramic material (fragments of tiles, large clay vessels and jugs), primarily dating to the 3rd-4th century AD.

Furthermore, an area near the excavations of 2009-2012 and 2014 was investigated through magnetic survey and detailed magnetic measurements were recorded. On the northern and eastern sections of the area magnetic anomalies did not occur. However, the most interesting result was obtained in the southern sector, where investigations identified a large pottery centre with evidence of ceramic kilns, pits with ceramic refuse and pits that would have been used for mixing the clay. This pottery center would probably have been connected with the Late Hellenistic olive oil production workshop that was identified during the 2009-2012 and 2014 excavations.