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30th September 2019

Kalavassos Tenta

Kalavasos-Tenta

The History:

The Kalavasos-Tenta site is one, if not the oldest Neolithic archaeological site in Cyprus. Along with Khirokitia which is 7.5km away these sites show a budding civilization that dates back all the way to around 7500 BCE. A rare find that was discovered in 1947 by Porphyrios Dikaios and finished excavation by 1984 under the leadership of the American archaeologist Ian Todd.

It shows a community where the thought to be domestic structures were constructed from mud-brick and stone. Possibly supporting a wooden second floor and domed roofs. To see such an intact example of stone age humanity is amazing. Especially for our little island!

Today:

Visitors can easily spot this site from the A1 motorway about halfway between Llimassol and Larnaca. A large tent like structure was erected above it to protect it for future visitors and makes a pleasant break from the Cyprus sun! Entrance is about 2.50 EUR and it is open from Monday – Friday 09:30 – 16:00. Visitors should be aware they will need to climb steps (not too many!) to visit this place.

Category: Explore Cyprus
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