Monday, June 20, 2011

Excavations shed light on ancient Paphos city

ARCHAEOLOGICAL investigations at the edges and to the south of the Hellenistic-Roman theatre of Nea Paphos have identified significant structures of the ancient city, according to an official announcement by the Department of Antiquities yesterday.

The investigations were carried out October 6 to November 17 of last year by the University of Sydney, under the direction of Emeritus Professor Richard Green, Dr Craig Barker and Dr Smadar Gabrieli.

The announcement said the work had aimed at exploring the relationship between the theatre and the ancient city's infrastructure. To this end, a ground-penetrating radar (GPR) survey had been carried out to record a large area to the south of the theatre.

The announcement added that a number of important structures had been identified, but that earthquake damage had made it difficult to delineate the precise outline of the city.

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