Artefacts dated to the late Bronze Age were discovered in a hill near Kaleburnu village in the Karpaz.
The remnants were discovered in a well during archaeological excavations conducted by the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU)* and Tubingen University.
Archaeologists discovered more that forty artefacts belonging to the late Bronze Age on Kral Tepesi (King’s Mountain). The hill is thought to be where the elite of that age lived and that the area was of significant political and historical significance.
Regarding the composition of the hoard, especially the presence of the ritual offering items, the settlement on the hill served not only as a political and economic centre but probably was also a centre for religious practice in the region.
The high quality of the objects and the strategic position of the site gives evidence of overseas trading with the Egyptians and the Hittites. Ritual objects such as holy water containers, fabric, arrowheads and spearheads, a bucket and a sickle were found.
The Rector of EMU, Dr. Abdullah Oztoprak said that the finds contribute a great deal towards our knowledge and understanding of the late Bronze Age period in the eastern Mediterranean.
The collection itself is very valuable and could contribute to the local economy where it is planned to build a museum at Kaleburnu.
* We have altered the name of the TRNC university which was incorrectly named. With apologies and thanks to the reader who spotted our error.