In June 2013 a short season of archaeological investigation took place at the site of Tochni Lakkia on the central south coast of Cyprus. This coastal site was originally discovered by the Vasilikos Valley Project (VVP) in the 1980’s. Their survey suggested that the site consisted of Late Bronze Age and Archaic period remains with a scatter of later period pottery as well (Todd 2004: 133). Two seasons of data recording took place in 2011 and 2012. The 2013 season built on this work and in particular focussed on the maritime aspect of the site with a comprehensive scuba survey.
This work was largely funded by a grant from the Honor Frost Foundation to whom we are extremely grateful. The work was carried out in conjunction with Professor Stuart Manning of Cornell University. Team members included Miss Georgia Andreou, Miss Carrie Fulton and Mr Andrew Viduka. We were also able to undertake a small geophysical trial and thank Katie Kearns, Jeff Leon and Peri Gerrard Little of the KAMBE team as well as Tommy Urban for advice on the geophysical prospection.
The working hypothesis of the project is that the site functioned as a collection and distribution point for the lower Vasilikos valley but also as a Gateway Community through port or harbour facilities for sites further inland and in particular the Late Bronze Age urban centre of Kalavasos Ayios Dhimitrios (KAD). As stated above the main focus of the 2013 work was a scuba survey to investigate material on the seabed and in particular to try and locate any stone anchors that may well indicate that ships anchored or harboured off the site.
Read the 2013 Project description
Read the 2014 Project description
Read the 2013 Report
Read the 2014 Report