The fortified settlement of Maa: Palaeokastro is situated on the west coast of Cyprus on a long promontory with a sheltered bay each side of it to the north and to the south offering protected harbours. Coastal plains extend 3-5 kilometres from the peninsular to the foothills of the Troodos Mountains.
The aim of the Maa project was to carry out chemical analysis in Bonn, with H.Mommsen, by Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) of 30 pieces of 12th century BC Aegean-style pottery from Maa in order to obtain the chemical profile of the site. This would allow exchange of pottery between Maa and other Cypriot sites, with known chemical profiles, to be monitored and, most importantly, exports from Maa to the east Mediterranean might be identified, leading to illumination of maritime patterns. A particular desideratum was to see if a chemical group of pottery recently isolated by NAA at Tarsus came from Maa. The group should come archaeologically from west Cyprus, but its chemical profile did not match that of Kouklia, which did export pottery to Tarsus.