PALEALONA & LAPATSA CEMETERIES (BRONZE AGE)

PALEALONA & LAPATSA

N° 30
Town / Village : Karmi / Karaman

District : Kyrenia

 

DESCRIPTION :

The Early and Middle Cypriot Bronze Age cemeteries at Lapatsa and Palealona are located near the modern village of Karmi . They lie within several kilometers of major contemporary cemeteries at Bellapais Vounous and Lapithos Vrysi tou Barba.

Excavations, in 1962,  cleared 13 dromoi and 15 chambers at Lapatsa and 14 dromoi and 19 chambers at Palealona. The material includes over 900 ceramic vessels, figurines and other items in Red Polished, Black Polished and White Painted wares, 39 metal tools and weapons.

One tomb group of particular importance contained an imported Middle Minoan IIA Kamares Ware cup, providing a rare example of contact between Cyprus and Crete in the early 2nd millennium BC and key cross-cultural evidence for dating.

Also significant are carved features in the entrance shafts of several tombs, including a unique bas relief human figure over one metre high in Palealona Tomb 6 .

 

Period : Early Cypriot I – Middle Cypriot II

OUTSTANDING VALUE :

The Karmi sites are not only of significance for these unique features but also for the size and chronological range of their assemblages, which provide important evidence for ceramic production in one of the most densely settled and dynamic regions of Cyprus in the late third and early second milennia BC. Few undisturbed cemeteries remain on the island and intact assemblages are of considerable importance in understanding mortuary practices.

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