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Postby kurupetos » Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:33 pm

Rare find of mosaic depicting the Labours of Hercules uncovered during Larnaca works

Mosaics from the second century AD which may depict the Labours of Hercules, have been uncovered in Larnaca during roadworks and appear to be of mayor importance, Sigmalive reported on Monday.

The mosaics which are reportedly in better condition than those at the Tombs of the Kings in Paphos are thought to have been inspired by the Labours of Hercules.

The antiquities were discovered while the Larnaca sewerage board was carrying out works on the Kyriakos Matsis road.

According to a statement, there is a possibility that they will be left where they are and arrangements to construct an outdoor museum are planned.

The interior and transport minister will visit the site and hold a meeting with the Larnaca municipality this week.

The site has been covered with sand for safety reasons.

According to Phileleftheros, the mosaic measures 20 x 4.5 metres. “Such discoveries are made only once every hundred years,” Giorgos Philotheou from the Antiquities Department told the newspaper.


http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/07/11/rare- ... aca-works/


Amazing! :D
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Re: Archeology/History Thread

Postby repulsewarrior » Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:32 pm

...Cypriots have not even begun to explore their History, what we know so far is so little.
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Re: Archeology/History Thread

Postby yialousa1971 » Thu Aug 25, 2016 1:43 pm

Chariot Racing Mosaic Discovered in Cyprus

A mosaic depicting ancient chariot races was fully revealed by archaeologists for the first time on Tuesday at the Piadhia site in Akaki in the Nicosia district in the presence of Transport Minister Marios Demetriades and antiquities officials.

The minster called the mosaic floor a “truly remarkable finding”. The mosaic is 26 metres long and four metres wide.

Previous excavations at the site, led by Archaeological Officer Dr Fryni Hadjichristophi, had revealed part of the mosaic floor.

The find depicts a chariot race at a hippodrome with one standing charioteer drawn by four horses. In total it shows four chariots in the race.

Each one has inscriptions believed to be the name of the charioteer and the name of one of the horses. At three points along the circular arena three cones are depicted, each topped with an egg-shaped item while three columns are topped with a dolphin figure from which water appears to be flowing.

The mosaic also includes one man on horseback and two standing figures, one holding a whip and the other a vessel with water. The mosaic can be dated to the first half of the 4th century AD and is in an impressive state of preservation, according to the antiquities department. It is also of a high quality manufacture with a rich geometric design.

Speaking to journalists, Director of the Department of Antiquities Marina Ieronymidou said: “It is an extremely important finding, because of the technique and because of the theme. It is unique in Cyprus since the presence of this mosaic floor in a remote inland area provides important new information on that period in Cyprus and adds to our knowledge of the use of mosaic floors on the island.”

She said the excavations at the site would continue as there were already signs that there are other important finds to be revealed there.

“We will continue the excavations in a scientific way and we hope that this area will eventually open to the public,” she said.

Ieronymidou said that in the meantime, the area would be well protected and temporary structures would be erected over the floor.

Demetriades spoke of a “truly remarkable find that highlights the enormous ancient heritage that Cyprus has.”


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Re: Archeology/History Thread

Postby kurupetos » Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:25 pm

ΒΑΧΧΗ ΠΟΛΥΦΗΜΟC

That's Greek, if some of you are still wondering... 8)
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Re: Archeology/History Thread

Postby Get Real! » Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:34 am

kurupetos wrote:ΒΑΧΧΗ ΠΟΛΥΦΗΜΟC

That's Greek, if some of you are still wondering... 8)

Looks ancient Cypriot to me.

The civilization on Cyprus far out-dates that of Greece, so language must've originated here.
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Re: Archeology/History Thread

Postby repulsewarrior » Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:41 am

Thursday, 25 August, 2016
THE oldest piece of ocean crusts on earth is located the area between Cyprus, Crete and Egypt according to scientists.

The area is known as the Herodotus Basin and scientists say it is at least 140 million years older than most of the ocean crust.

The research was led by Roi Granot from the Ben-Gurion university in the Negev and published in the Nature Geoscience journal.

The high density of the ocean crust enables it to be 'recycled' into the earth fairly rapidly in these areas, which means that most of the ocean crust is less than 200 million years old, reports ANSA.

Though even older remains may be preserved in the Herodotus Basin, the area is covered in very heavy sediment, making it difficult to conduct studies on it.

The geologist suggested that the crust might be a remnant of the Tethys Ocean, which long ago preexisted the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, reports the Jerusalem Post.

If correct, this implies the ocean formed much earlier than previously thought.
— © FAMAGUSTA GAZETTE CYPRUS


while we are on the subject of Archeology/History, a little Geography.
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Re: Archeology/History Thread

Postby kurupetos » Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:49 pm

Get Real! wrote:
kurupetos wrote:ΒΑΧΧΗ ΠΟΛΥΦΗΜΟC

That's Greek, if some of you are still wondering... 8)

Looks ancient Cypriot to me.

The civilization on Cyprus far out-dates that of Greece, so language must've originated here.

It's true, Greek alphabet originated from Cyprus. I posted that years ago.

Greece is Cypriot. :mrgreen:
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Re: Archeology/History Thread

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:52 pm

More proof (if needed by oiks) that Greek is the longest surviving, and sole continuous language of Cyprus. Even under invaders, the Greeks carried on with their own crafts and language.

- The whole of Cyprus should be declared a World Heritage Site for the Preservation of its Greek Culture and Peoples. 8)
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Re: Archeology/History Thread

Postby repulsewarrior » Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:32 pm

...interesting.
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Re: Archeology/History Thread

Postby repulsewarrior » Thu Sep 22, 2016 10:53 pm

https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/com ... 19.article

Contest, a new building for Cyprus' Archaeological Heritence.
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