Friday, May 16, 2014

Kalavasos-Tenta Archaeological Site

The Kalavasos-Tenta Archaeological Site (also known as the Tenta Settlement) is visible from the Nicosia-Limassol highway, and it's located about 3 km from Kalavasos Village, within the Larnaca district of Cyprus.
 


This Neolithic settlement was discovered in 1947 by Pophyrios Dikaios, and the site was primarily excavated from 1976 to 1984.

According to tradition, Saint Helen stayed in a tent in this area, during a visit to Cyprus in 327 AD.  Hence, the name of Tenta.  Of course, the Tenta name is enhanced by the tent-like structure currently covering the ancient ruins.

According to a sign at the site:  "The settlement seems to have been peacefully abandoned for reasons unknown.  The village is approximately contemporary with the nearby site at Choirokoitia, although the precise relationship is uncertain.  The circular houses of the village, built of stone and mud-brick, cluster on the upper part of a natural hill; at least for part of its duration, the settlement was surrounded by a substantial stone wall, probably with a mud-brick superstructure, and a ditch cut in the natural limestone outside the wall.  The roofs of the domestic buildings may have been variously flat of domed, and the internal piers in some of the buildings probably served to support an upper wooden floor.  Most of the structures were probably domestic in nature.  A complex of structures on the west side of the top of the site may also have been of special significance.  The inhabitants of the village, perhaps numbering no more than 150...."
 





The Kalavasos-Tenta Archaeological Site is a pleasant place to explore for locals and tourists. 


Site: Kalavasos-Tenta Archaeological Site. 

Category: Archaeological Site. 

Location: About 3 km from Kalavasos Village, within the Larnaca district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM on Monday to Friday; and closed on Saturday and Sunday, during winter months.   9:30 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday to Friday; and closed on Saturday and Sunday, during summer months. 

Entrance Fee: €2,50. 

Date of Visit: 2011 and 2012.

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