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The New Swedish Cyprus Expedition 2016: Excavations at Hala Sultan Tekke (The Söderberg Expedition)

Journal article
Authors Peter M. Fischer
Teresa Bürge
Published in Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome
Volume 10
Pages 50-93
ISSN 2000-0898
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Historical Studies
Pages 50-93
Language en
Keywords Cyprus, Late Bronze Age, Hala Sultan Tekke, tombs, settlement
Subject categories Archaeology


In the seventh season at the Bronze Age city of Hala Sultan Tekke excavations continued in City Quarter 1 (CQ1) where georadar indicated stone structures to the south of the area excavated in 2010–2012. Massive domestic structures, which belong to three phases of occupation (Strata 1–3), were exposed. Both the most recent Stratum 1, and Stratum 2 were destroyed in a conlagration. he three phases are preliminarily dated to the 13th and 12th centuries BC. Excavations were also carried out in Area A, roughly 600 m to the south-east of CQ1. Seven circular anomalies indicated by our geomagnetic survey were excavated. Two were pits of modern date, and three were identiied as Late Cypriot wells. Another anomaly turned out to represent a rich Late Cypriot ofering pit with igurines and more than 60 ceramic vessels. Amongst the Mycenaean vessels are several “chariot kraters” and a large vessel with the oversized image of a female robed in a splendidly adorned Minoan-style dress. he remaining anomaly probably represents a tomb of a very wealthy family so far containing, inter alia, 80 locally produced and imported vessels, gold jewellery, weapons, scarabs, and seals. he material in the ofering pit and the tomb relects far-reaching intercultural connections in the period from the 16th to the 13th centuries BC.

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