An unknown city from the Bronze Age in Cyprus

An unknown city from the Bronze Age in Cyprus

A Swedish archaeological expedition from the University of Gothenburg has found an unknown part of the city of the Bronze Age Hala Sultan Tekke, dating from the 17th and 11th centuries BC. The finds include a facility to produce copper and the production of bronze objects, and luxury textile products. Likewise, remains of ceramics and imported objects from the Mediterranean and Central Europe have been found.

The culture of the Bronze Age in the city of Hala Sultan Tekke was fundamental in the eastern Mediterranean. Cyprus was a connecting point between regional and long-distance trade. The size of the city stands out, which is larger than expected”Says the Cypriot archeology professor at the University of Gothenburg, Peter Fischer.

Hala Sultan Tekke It is close to the Larnaca airport in Cyprus and with its 25-50 hectares it is the largest of the Bronze Age in the Mediterranean. Excavations began in 1970 at the hands of Fischer's professor, Paul Åström.

This part of the city was found in 2012 using an electromagnetic radar that allows us to see through the earth with tomographic images.

This summer we found a residential area with machinery to extract copper. Smelting furnaces with 300 kilos of iron and rubble. In an adjacent room, purple textile pieces surrounded by Bronze Age items have been found”, Describes the teacher.

Likewise, high quality ceramics have been found some of which come from Mycenae, in present-day Greece and the Levant, in the countries of the eastern Mediterranean.

Finds include a bronze brooch, perhaps imported from Italy or central Europe from 1200 BC, a bowl with decorations from Egypt, a seal with depictions of warriors and hunters. All this dates from the period between 1,400 and 1175 BC.

These findings demonstrate the mobility of people of the Bronze Age and its connections with Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Italy and countries in eastern and central Europe. Perhaps there was an emigration in the 12th century BC. called Gentes del Mar. Professor Fischer recalls that, according to the analysis of bronze objects from Switzerland, carried out by professor Johan Ling, from the University of Gothenburg, these pieces were imported from Cyprus.

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