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Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project II: Geophysics and Excavation

Datasets associated with excavations, geophysical prospection, and aerial photography at Hellenistic, Roman, and Late Antique sites in southern Cyprus.

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The buried coastal sites of Pyla-Vigla and Pyla-Koutsopetria- near Larnaca, Cyprus, have produced rich archaeological assemblages dating to the late classical-early Hellenistic period and late antiquity. The Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project (PKAP) previously investigated these sites through a program of pedestrian survey (2004-2011) across 100 ha of the micro-region; the visitor may view and download the data from this earlier research program at the Open Context site, "Pyla-Koutsopetria I: Pedestrian Survey." This new dataset publishes the results of the second phase of investigation (2007-2018), which included remote sensing, geophysical prospection, and excavation at Vigla, a fortified ridgetop settlement dating to the late 4th-early 3rd century BCE, and Koutsopetria, a sprawling coastal town that flourished in the 5th-7th century CE. Teams conducted ground-penetrating radar across some 70 units typically 20 x 20 m in dimension in and around these sites, and excavated ten small trenches at Vigla (2008, 2009, 2012, 2018) and two trenches at Koutsopetria (2009). Excavation units were small (typically less than 3 x 3 m) and followed natural and cultural stratigraphic units; all earth was sifted through 1 cm sieves and all objects collected. Excavated finds were processed, analyzed, and stored at the Larnaca District Archaeological Museum.

The datasets include images of low-altitude aerial photography, excavation units, and objects; data files generated through Ground-Penetrating Radar; GIS shapefiles showing locations of excavation units, geophysical prospection units, and buried features; and csv files containing the stratigraphic unit forms, catalogue of objects, and analyzed finds.


Caraher, W., R.S. Moore, D. Nakassis, and D.K. Pettegrew

Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project: Recent Work at the Site of Pyla-Vikla. Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus (RDAC) 2011-2012, pp. 443-459.

Caraher, W., R.S. Moore, and D.K. Pettegrew

Pyla-Koutsopetria I: Archaeological Survey of an Ancient Coastal Town. ASOR Archaeological Reports 21. Boston: American Schools of Oriental Research. (Linked Digital Edition 2017).

Hadjicosti, M., W. Caraher, R.S. Moore, and D.K. Pettegrew

Pyla-Koutsopetria, Volume II: Geophysics and Excavation at an Ancient Coastal Town, ASOR Archaeological Reports, Boston: American Schools of Oriental Research.

Olson, B.R., W.R. Caraher, R.S. Moore, and D.K. Pettegrew

The Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project: A Preliminary Report on Excavations at Pyla-Vigla, a Fortified Settlement Dating to the Hellenistic Era. Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 5.3, pp. 74-82.

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David K. Pettegrew, William R. Caraher, R. Scott Moore. "Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project II: Geophysics and Excavation". (2019) David K. Pettegrew, William R. Caraher, R. Scott Moore (Eds.) . Released: 2019-12-04. Open Context. <> DOI:

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