The shocking finding with the three-member Cypriot Family which was found embracing each other in the ruins after 16 centuries. How did archaeologist Soren identify the lost city?
A mother was found to hold her one and a half years old child in her arms while lying in bed. On top of her, a man – her husband – keeps both of them tightly in his arms. She, 19 years old, was wearing a pin in her hair and he was wearing a ring on which the initials of Christ were engraved.
The boulders that fell into their home by the powerful earthquakes on 21 July 365 AD cut the thread of life for hundreds or perhaps thousands of souls in the ancient city of Curium.
The powerful earthquake
Focusing on the marine area 30 miles northwest of Kourion, a series of seismic vibrations lifted huge tidal waves that reached the Greek and Egyptian shores. The destruction was devastating. The area has been abandoned for several centuries. Close to the ancient Kourion, a rural center was created, but the ancient Kourion had basically disappeared.
The first elements
For centuries, it has been abandoned and no one has ever returned to gather or bury the bones of people killed in their homes. The first evidence came to light in 1934 when the young American archaeologist Daniel investigated an area near Limassol port. He first discovered the ruins of a Roman house, ruins and building materials that testified that the area had been hit by an earthquake. Continuing his research, he discovered the remains of an embraced couple, whom he named “Romeo and Juliet”. For all the data he kept a diary, but he never issued it.
Soren and the discovery of Kourion
Sixty-six years later, another archaeologist, Soren, a professor at Mississippi University, read Daniel’s calendar. So, he decided to visit the Museum of Episkopi, which contains objects from the ancient Kourion, including coins.
The young archaeologist noticed that the last date is 365 AD. Knowing already the existence of a powerful earthquake that hit the Mediterranean in the mid-4th century, he wondered if this mighty disaster, which was described as much worse than the explosions in Pompeii, was the earthquake that made Kourion flatten.
The excavations and the mocking
Soren set out to find this area that Daniel was referring to in his diary. But the young archaeologist did not give any information to Soren to help him locate the area, except that it was a steep area near the harbor. In his attempt to locate the ruins, Soren ended up losing his life twice. The first time, he almost collapsed in the precipitous area and the second when he was infected with some disease. The last moments of the three-member family were finally found in Kourion.
As he was recovering, he fell into his hands a book about the Ancient Kourion. The layouts on the map of the book resembled the shape of the excavations of Daniel. Soren was sure that Kourion was the city described by the American archaeologist. Excited by the discovery, he presented his theory at a conference in Nicosia.
His colleagues laughed at him. Soare’ s excavations lasted four years. With stubbornness and patience, he discovered all that Danielle described in his diary, but he needed other elements to convince the scientific community. Continuing the excavations, Soren arrived at Kourion. Then it was a deserted region for 16 centuries. The ruins and bones of humans had remained untouched since the day of terrible disaster. Without wasting time and with the help of special programs on computers and seismologists managed to give the last expression of the people found in Kourion.
The embraced three-member family, the young couple, the girl with the mule, a 55-year-old worker. On 21 July 365 AD, life in Kourion was over ….