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New Insights on Burial Practices at the Late Bronze Age City of Hala Sultan Tekke, Cyprus

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Peter M. Fischer
Teresa Bürge
Publicerad i Ugarit-Forschungen / Wilfred G. E. Watson and Nicolas Wyatt (Eds.)
Volym UF48
Nummer/häfte 48
Sidor 121-171
ISSN 0342-2356
Publiceringsår 2017
Publicerad vid Institutionen för historiska studier
Sidor 121-171
Språk en
Ämnesord Hala Sultan Tekke; Late Bronze Age; tombs; ofering pits; intercultural relations; Mycenae; Crete; Levant; Egypt; Anatolia; pottery; scarabs; cylinder seals
Ämneskategorier Arkeologi,klassisk


Hala Sultan Tekke is a large Bronze Age city close to the famous homonymous mosque near the international airport of Larnaca on the south coast of Cyprus. Previous research demonstrated that the city flourished mainly in the later part of the Late Bronze Age—viz., during the 13th and 12th centuries b.c.e.—but recent excavations confirmed that the city was occupied from as early as the Middle Cypriot III–Late Cypriot IA period around 1600 b.c.e. The current project, which started in 2010, exposed three new city quarters (CQ1–3) in the northern part of the city close to the ancient harbor—that is, today’s Larnaca Salt Lake. Geophysical surveys by georadar and magnetometer, which were carried out in Area A, a plateau approximately 600 m east of CQ1 and opposite the mosque, indicated more than 80 roughly circular anomalies. Among the seven anomalies excavated in 2016 are Tomb X and Offering Pit V, which are the main subjects of this article. Concentrated in these features were objects of high artistic value from a vast area of the eastern Mediterranean, including the Aegean, the Levant, Egypt, and possibly Anatolia. Both features antedate the occupation of the previously excavated city quarters. This paper discusses burial practices in one of the richest cemteries on the island.

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