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Hellenistic and Graeco-Roman Period

Nea Paphos (Cyprus)

Dates of work: 7 March–12 June, 28 August–10 October, 6 November–12 December, 2008


Director: Dr. Henryk Meyza (Research Center for Mediterranean Archaeology, Polish Academy of Sciences)

First season:

Archaeologists: Marzena Markowska, presently Zarzycka (PCMA scholarship holder), Olga Wasilewska (freelance)

Architect: Małgorzata Czapińska, presently Słowińska (Aura SC )

Mining expert: Dr. Zenon Duda (AGH University of Science and Technology, retired)

Second season:

Archaeologists: Prof. Wiktor Andrzej Daszewski (Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw, emeritus), Prof. Ewdoksia Papuci-Władyka (Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków), Agata Dobosz (freelance), Katarzyna Meyza (Department of Archeology, Historical Museum of Warsaw), Joanna Michalska, presently Bartoszek (freelance), Paweł Rajski (PhD candidate, Wrocław University of Technology, Department of Architecture)

Archaeologists and documentalists: Dr. Meike Droste (Conti-Reisen GmbH, Palatina Kunst and Kultur)

Student-trainees from the University of Warsaw and Jagiellonian University in Kraków

Third season:

Archaeologists: Zofia Kowarska (PhD candidate, Research Centre for the Antiquity of Southeastern Europe, University of Warsaw), Szymon Lenarczyk (PhD candidate, Research Centre for the Antiquity of Southeastern Europe, University of Warsaw), Monika Więch (freelance)

Three campaigns in spring and late autumn, conducted on behalf of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus and supervised by representatives of the Polish Mission, conducted salvage excavations in different places scattered all over the site, complementing or modifying the design of the projected shelter. The only regular excavations were carried out in front of the Villa of Theseus entrance, in September and October, uncovering the access to the cistern found in 2007 in the western courtyard of the so-called Hellenistic House. The last rooms in the southeastern part of the Hellenistic House (destroyed in the beginning of the 2nd century AD ) were also explored, bringing to light a painted limestone bust of one of the Dioskouroi. The northern part of the Insula of the House of Aion was also excavated, uncovering two new rooms.

[Text: PAM]

H. Meyza: hmeyza@zaspan.waw.pl