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NEWSLETTER PCMA 2013

Hellenistic and Graeco-Roman Period

Nea Paphos (Cyprus)

Dates of work: 23 August – 26 September 2013

Team:

Director: Dr. Henryk Meyza, archaeologist (Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Sciences)

Archaeologists: Prof. Wiktor A. Daszewski, emeritus (Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw), Prof. Jolanta Młynarczyk (Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw), Dorota Mazanek (PhD candidate, Antiquity of Southeastern Europe Research Centre, University of Warsaw), Rozalia Tybulewicz (Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Sciences)

Ceramologists: Dr. Dobiesława Bagińska (Archaeological Museum in Poznań), Edyta Marzec (PhD candidate, Institute of Archeology, Jagiellonian University), Dr. Urszula Wicenciak (PCMA UW), Monika Więch (PhD candidate, Antiquity of Southeastern Europe Research Centre, University of Warsaw)

Geologist-archaeologist: Michalina Dzwoniarek (PhD candidate, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań)

Architect: Dr. Aleksandra Brzozowska (Faculty of Architecture, Wrocław University of Technology)

Stone vessels’ specialist: Karolina Pawlik (freelance)

Photographer: Katarzyna Bajerowicz-Dolata (freelance)

Documentalist: Agnieszka Dzwonek-Kozieł (freelance)

Graduate student trainees: Adam Janczewski, Tomasz Janczewski (both PhD candidates, University of Łódź); Julia Mikocka (PhD candidate, Antiquity of Southeastern Europe Research Centre, University of Warsaw)

Archaeology student trainees: Agata Boruc, Julia Drabarek, Anna Filipek, Karolina Michałowska, Andrzej Rokoszewski, Paulina Szulc, Magdalena Żak (University of Warsaw); Damian Lechicki, Karol Łukomiak, Paweł Margielewski (University of Łódź)

Architecture student trainees: Anna Kubicka (Wrocław University of Technology)

(Joint description of seasons 2012 and 2013)

Excavation at the site of the so-called Hellenistic House in Nea Paphos in 2012 and 2013 was focused on the main courtyard (1) and the southern portico (R.3). The architecture collapsed in an earthquake in the 2nd century AD. Blocks and architectural elements formed an oblong tumble extending across the courtyard, apparently already not in their original position save for some entablature blocks of the eastern peristyle, and two acroteria with symbols of Dioskouroi, a pilos with a superimposed star, and at least two column shafts belonging to the southern peristyle. The cistern under the southeastern part of the courtyard had two successive well-heads, one (the later one) uncovered earlier, the other 2.02 m to the northwest, the top of which collapsed into the cistern. The disturbed fill from the courtyard surface included a mold for sling bullets with decoration in the form of a scorpion in relief and fragments of “Nabatean” capitals belonging to a variant showing schematic volutes.

[Text: Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean 24/1]

Contact
H. Meyza: hmeyza@iksio.pan.pl