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Ancient Cyprus by A.S. Brown, H.W. Catling

By A.S. Brown, H.W. Catling

Revealed for the viewers and offered on the Ashmolean Museum; from the Neolithic to Medieval and later Cyprus

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Given by Sir Arthur Evans. L. 13951. any apparent change of population or dramatic change in a material culture in which Early Cypriot antecedents are still to be seen. Late Cypriot I seems to have been an uneasy period. in which the fortresses remained in use, some of them SUffering destruction; graves containing mass burials found both in east and west Cyprus may imply the ravages of war, though a lethal epidemic may have becn equally responsible. Perhaps because the times were unsettled, there was little development or innovation in material civilisation in Late Cypriot I.

From Eylenja, Leondari Vouno. given by the Cyprus Exploration Fund. 13181. b. Pin. given by G. J. Chester. L. 1601. c. Rat-tanged dirk. the upper part of the midrib decorated with herringbone pattern. L. 28). d. Pair of tweezer~. Given by Sir Arthur Evans. L. 13951. any apparent change of population or dramatic change in a material culture in which Early Cypriot antecedents are still to be seen. Late Cypriot I seems to have been an uneasy period. in which the fortresses remained in use, some of them SUffering destruction; graves containing mass burials found both in east and west Cyprus may imply the ravages of war, though a lethal epidemic may have becn equally responsible.

Jewellery, sealstones and scarabs were dedicated. In some cases, dedications were recorded by brief inscriptions in the Cypriot syllabary. Thousands of votive offerings were found in some sanctuaries. The best known is at Ayia Irini and was excavated by the Swedish Cyprus Expedition. More than 2,000 objects, chiefly terracotta statues and statuettes. dating from the end of the Late Bronze Age until Cypro-Archaic II. were found in silu. Notice. in the Myres Room. a group of statuettes from Kamelarga at Lamaka, a very small fraction of a votive deposit found by Myres in one of the Archaic sanctuaries of Kition.

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