2013 Seasons

During the summer of 2013, a small KAMBE team returned to Cyprus for additional geophysical survey, aiming to both expand coverage with the FM256 gradient magnetometer, and to performed additional targeted GPR survey with a Sensors and Software Noggin 250 MHz antenna.  The four week field season served as an opportunity to refine the techniques that had proven successful in the past.

Areas of GPR survey (with Sensors and Software Noggin 250 MHz) at KAD during 2013 survey season.

 

Composite of GPR data (Sensors and Software Noggin 250 MHz) collected during 2012 (in green) and 2013 (in gold) field seasons, in relationship to Building X and complex at KAD.

At KAD we continued relatively dense GPR survey in the areas to the west of Building X and newly-discovered Building XVI in order to investigate the organization of the areas of the site that lay between the monumental (elite?) areas around Building X and the residential (non-elite?) areas to the south and west.  This GPR survey produced intriguing results, showing very little evidence for architecture to the south and west of Building XVI, towards the modern Limassol-Larnaca highway.  Whether this is the result of medieval and more recent farming techniques which disturbed/destroyed LBA architecture, or a purposeful creation of empty space by the LBA inhabitant for public usage or to demarcate elite/non-elite space remains an open question.  To the west, we performed smaller-scale reconnaissance survey with the GPR, producing data consistent with the presence of tombs in the area.

Composite image of FM256 fluxgate gradiometer data from 2012 and 2013 field seasons at Maroni, overlaid on agricultural cadastral units.

FM256 fluxgate gradiometer survey (greyscale) with GPR (Sensors and Software Noggin 250 MHz) survey data overlaid (green & black) from areas between Maroni-Vournes and Maroni-Tsaroukkas.

 

At Maroni, magnetic gradient survey was extended to the south and east of our previous survey units to reach the coastline.  GPR survey was also performed in the area of known architecture (based on our 2011 and 2012 surveys) between Vournes and Tsaroukkas, producing evidence for a relatively large complex of buildings surrounding the previously mapped tri-partite (or multi-aisled) structure.

Processing and analyses of these data especially are on-going.

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