Archaeologists explore an ancient market in Cyprus

Archaeologists explore an ancient market in Cyprus

A team of archaeologists is exploring the Agora (market) of the ancient Paphos, where they have found a small tablet with the name of a Greek official and a large number of artifacts, including a gold necklace.

The most spectacular finds are a gold earring or pendant, ending in an ivy leaf, bronze objects such as a jug, a spoon with an iron handle, a bronze ring, many coins and various objects.”, They expressed from the department of antiquities.

They added that “Another great discovery is a small tablet with an inscription that mentions the official Seleukos, son of the Agoranomos, or what is the same, the administrator of the market, called Ioulios Bathylos«.

Paphos was the capital of Cyprus during the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and these discoveries have been made during August 17 and end of September, dates in which the excavations were developed.

Archaeologists from the Institute of Archeology at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, have also made numerous discoveries of objects, including fine tableware and kitchen ceramics, amphoras and storage tanks dating from the 1890s. Hellenistic, early and late Roman and also Byzantine periods.

In 2011, five rooms were discovered, of which were explored in part, while in these new tasks they have found more rooms, bringing the number of rooms to 12. “Most of them functioned, possibly, as tabernae during the early Roman period ”.

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