A tomb discovered at the Late Bronze Age site of Dromolaxia-Vizakia (Hala Sultan Tekke), located near to Larnaca International Airport in Cyprus has revealed one of the richest bronze age burials ever discovered on Cyprus, dating back to 1500 BC.
The burial belonged to a rich family and had hidden treasures of over 100 ceramic vessels and precious gold ornaments and gem stones that were from several adjacent cultures, reaffirming Cyprus place in history as an intricate player in long-distance trade.
Some examples of these unique findings are gemstones and five cylinder seals that came from the region as well as from Syria and Mesopotamia, along with gold earrings and gold Egyptian scarabs.
Led by Peter Fischer, a professor of Cypriot Archeology the grave was discovered by archeologists from the University of Gothenburg over a five-week period in May and June 2016.
The ruins date back to 1500 to 1400 BC and the excavations thus far have yet to reveal a near-by city.
“It must have been a rich city judging from the grave we found this year. But it is most likely located closer to the burial site in an area that still has not been explored,” Professor Fischer said to dailymail.co.uk.
At the site of Dromolaxia-Vizakia there are a total of three city quarters (CQ1-3) in the northern and north-western part of Hala Sultan Tekke, all separated by streets spanning as much as 50 hectares in area.
“The excavations in May and June this year were the most successful to date. We discovered an older city quarter from around 1250 BC and outside the city we found an incredibly rich grave, one of the richest in Cyprus from this period, and an offering pit next to it,” Professor Fischer added.