Extreme Excavating

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Excavating an archaeological site can be demanding at the best of times. Lifting large stones and mountains of soil in almost fourty degrees heat is no walk in the park. It’s definitely a challenge. An interesting and exhausting type of work but worth it at the end of the day (or when you find something)! In order to beat the heat in Cyprus, it’s better to get to the excavation site for around seven in the morning when the air is still cool.

The site of interest is the old ruins of Apliki Church – just above the village of Kato Drys. Apliki Church is directly opposite and a few feet away from the currently used church. There is much speculation about the origin and remains. Hopefully all will be revealed…or it may remain a mystery!

The aim of this project is to uncover the church floor (if it has not disintegrated) and later to stabilise the remains. Adobe brick will then be used to build a community centre for the village and a place to gather after church services. This project integrates archaeology with tradiontal crafts and the heritage of the region.

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