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The Archaeological Collection of the Museum consists of burial furnishings and dedications, which were mainly found in tombs and sanctuaries respectively at the archaeological sites of “Golgoi”, “Malloura” and “Pampoullari of Koukounninas”, as well as in various locations of the modern town of Athienou. The archaeological findings are from the Late Bronze Age (1600-1050 B.C.) and up to the Hellenistic Period (310-30 B.C.).

The observation and study of the ceramic vessels and the sculptures give the opportunity to the visitor to get to know both the habits and the folkways of each period, as well as the features of handcrafting in Cyprus.

The turbulent background of the archaeological excavations in Athienou has marked, in the same way as it did on the entire island, the knowledge about the past, sometimes with its scientific substantiation and on other occasions with its huge criminal gaps.

Excavations have been carried out in the wider region of Athienou ever since the middle of the 19th century. Thousands of antiquities today adorn Museums and private collections abroad, including the Louvre Museum in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which was inaugurated by displaying the Cypriot collection of the well-known tomb raider Luigi Palma di Cesnola.

Excavations are still carried out at the site of Malloura by the Athienou Archaeological Project (AAP) led by Dr. Michael Toumazou and his team which is formed by many students of American Universities and Colleges. Ever since 1990, the AAP has continued its work aiming to scientifically substantiate the past and gain knowledge about it.

Special and warm thanks are expressed towards the Cyprus Department of Antiquities for its cooperation and assistance.

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