Metal artefacts in Chalcolithic Cyprus: New data from Western Cyprus

Bleda S. Düring, Victor Klinkenberg, Charalambos Paraskeva, Vasiliki Kassianidou, Ellon Souter, Paul Croft, Andreas Charalambous

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The origins of copper-based metallurgy on the island of Cyprus, which became the main supplier of the metal in the Late Bronze Age in the Mediterranean and whose name became associated with the metal, is relatively obscure. While metal extraction and metal artefacts became increasingly important in the broader Near East, early metallurgy on Cyprus remains poorly known, and it is often postulated that metals were of limited importance on the island prior to the Philia phase. Here we present a unique context from the Late Chalcolithic (ca. 2800-2400 BC) from the excavations at Chlorakas-Palloures that has considerable ramifications for this debate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-25
Number of pages15
JournalMediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry
Issue number1
Early online date24 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Chalcolithic Cyprus
  • Chlorakas-Palloures
  • Copper
  • Early metallurgy
  • Exchange networks


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