AMBELIKOU Middle Bronze Age Mine

AMBELIKOU

N° 6
Town / Village : Aletri / Bagliköy

District : Morphou

 

DESCRIPTION :

In 1942, the Department of Antiquities carried out a number of trial excavations in the locality of Aletri, west of the Amblikou mine shafts, in the northern foothills of the Trodoos.

Men were extracting lumps of copper ore, probably sulphates, from the shafts they had sunk and taking them outside for processing as early as the 19th century BC.  The excavations have brought to light a crucible with copper deposit, terracotta and stone moulds for copper objects, and most important of all, a copper workshop where slag was collected.

There was a settlement nearby, and the excavations revealed parts of two buildings.

Period : Middle Bronze Age.

OUTSTANDING VALUE :

The most important evidence revealed by this early Middle Cypriote settlement is in connection with ancient copper mining in Cyprus.

 

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 BIBLIOGRAPHY :

Dikaios P., Archaeology in Cyprus, 1939-45, in Journal of Hellenic Studies, vol.LXV,104;

Merrillees R.S. ,  Ambelikou-Aletri, a preliminary report,  in RDAC 1984, 1-13.

 

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