Thursday, August 02, 2012

Curium dig is finished

The Department of Antiquities, announced Wednesday the completion of the first season of a new long term archaeological investigation at the site of Kourion, in the Limassol district, titled "Kourion Urban Space Project"' (KUSP). The project revealed an early Byzantine cityscape that was first occupied after the 4th century earthquakes in an area of exposed bedrock during the Roman period.

The project research area lies southeast of the basilica and southwest of the "Earthquake House," along the edge of the site. The KUSP team discovered evidence of three separate mosaic floors eroding along the Cliffside.

At the request of the Department of Antiquities, the KUSP team partially excavated and prepared for conservation, two separate mosaic floors and one fragment of a floor.
The mosaics had been exposed to winter rains and were very vulnerable to further erosion. The fragmentary floor, composed of white tesserae, measured approximately 50 x 50 cm and was associated with a cistern.

Immediately north of this fragment an apparently intact mosaic floor measuring at least 5 x 3 m. was exposed. The floor is composed of stone tesserae with at least three different colors; it is possible that it will include a figural mosaic, but the remainder of the floor awaits excavation in future seasons.
A third mosaic fragment was identified approximately 3 meters lower along the Cliffside, which is decorated with a geometric pattern of lozenges and swastikas.