Ancient tombs belonging to the Phoenician period between the 4th and 6th centuries BC were discovered this Sunday on Faneromeni avenue in Larnaca, during some work on the city sanitation system.
According to archaeologists, the tombs could have an extension of an ancient tomb known as a catacomb dating from 4th century BC and what can be found under the old church of Panayia Faneromeni.
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Larnaca Mayor Andreas Louroutziatis says work on the sanitation system will temporarily stop on site until a decision is made in collaboration with the department of antiquities on whether excavations should continue to find any possible new archaeological discoveries.
“The discovery of the Phoenician tombs is another indication that Larnaca is a city steeped in history. It has been a continuously inhabited area for four thousand years and the discovery of ancient tombs and sarcophagi prove this to be true.", He says.
The city of Larnaca and especially the Phoenician area was a vast cemetery in ancient times, with scattered graves known as ‘Larnaces', Which is where the city of Zeno got its name from, he adds.
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Father Michael, a priest from the nearby Panayia Faneromeni Church, says plans have been prepared to the renovation of the catacombs under the old church and the creation of an underground museum. The project will cost about 300,000 euros, half of which will be contributed by the department of antiquities.
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