Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Lempa Chalcolithic Village

Lempa Chalcolithic Village (also known as the Lemba Prehistoric Settlement) is located about 4 km north of the city of Paphos, near Chlorakas Village and Kissonerga Village, within the Paphos district of Cyprus.  This archaeological site is a partially reconstructed settlement.

According to a sign at the site, "The village consisted of clusters of round houses built of stone and mud and had no defensive walls around it....  They probably worshiped a powerful fertility goddess who protected childbirth and infants.  In particular this worship is evidenced by numerous female figurines may of clay and stone, especially picrolite.  These were found in houses and in tombs, mainly of infant and women.  One of the largest and most important Chalcolithic statuettes is the so-called Lady of Lempa which was found in a round house of the settlement."

Today, Lady of Lempa, the ancient limestone statue, is on display at the Cyprus Archaeological Museum in Nicosia.

The Lempa Chalcolithic Village is a smaller site to explore in comparison to the main Cypriot archaeological sites.  Nearby, there's a little picnic site primarily consisting of a covered gazebo, which is a perfect spot for a picnic lunch.

Site: Lempa Chalcolithic Village and Lempa Picnic Site. 

Category: Archaeological Site and Nature.

Location: 4 km north of the city of Paphos, within the Paphos district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: Daylight hours. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2010.

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