Archaeologists in Cyprus discovered a number of objects near the towns of Paphos, that reveal contact between Cyprus and inhabitants of other coasts in Neolithic times.
During excavations a number of shallow pits were found, many containing broken objects placed in a ritualistic manner, including stone vessels, human remains and a fragment of an anthropomorphic clay figurine.
The discovery of a rare stone-shaped engraved object confirms that the site was in use during the Aceramic Neolithic period.
These engraved stone objects have also been found in the neighbouring locations of Choletria-Ortos, Choirokitia and Lebanon.
Although their use has not yet been established, these objects reveal contact between Cyprus and inhabitants of other coasts at a time when the island’s special Neolithic culture is thought to have been developed, says a report in Cyprus-Mail.
The discoveries were announced by the department of antiquities on Monday at the completion of this year’s archaeological investigations at the site.
The expedition is a yearly project under the direction of Andrew McCarthy, Fellow of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, and the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI).