Vases, storage areas, tools and frames of secondary tombs came were discovered after five weeks of excavations in the Dromolaxia region (Hala Sultan Tekke), from a Swedish archaeological mission.
According to the Department of Antiquities and the head of Professor Peter M. Fischer’s mission, the earliest estimates refer to the discovery of an ancient city that ranges from about 25 to 50 hectares, with more information being given along the way. In the first phase, the excavation work was based on the results of geophysical surveys with radar, leading to stone constructions, while architectural remains were visible in the geocarp only up to the depth of 1 meter.
In 2016, the Tomb X was amongst the oldest findings, dating back to the 16th century BC. Among the rich finds there were fine art jewels and about 70 vases, including one of the earliest imports of Mycenaean pottery in Cyprus, an almost intact pattern, which, according to the established dating system, belongs to the Late Helladic IIA period.
Intact pots of two-color Trout-type, white-ceramic I and ceramic type I ring were found but no Mycenaean pottery was found. A remarkable finding from the Tomb LL is a complete, medium-sized probator, of the Late Minoan II / IIIA1 period. It is decorated with a complex pattern of birds and other figurative representations, which are also in vases from the palace of Knossos.
It seems that the skeletons (at least five) were part of a secondary burial, as the bones were not found by land, while the grates were intact and intact. Around nine bones of haematite of various weights were found around the bones of one of the skeletons. They were deliberately placed there, most likely in a sack of material that was lost and lost, e.g. Leather or cloth.
Based on future plans, the excavation is expected to extend to Quarry 1, both in depth and in scale, to explore more pits and a large-scale geophysical survey of 25 hectares to determine the real size of the city.