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Choirokitia was the Neolithic home of wheat and barley farmers who built their homes in regular circular shapes kind of like a beehive. The four houses on the site have been rebuilt out of local mud and stone, but most of the excavations remain as they fell, so you can see the outline of the settlement’s two and a half metre thick defensive wall and the remains of their tombs.

Excavation on the site began in the 1930’s and continued though to the 70’s. Most of the real artefacts are displayed in the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia, but the site itself is known of as one of the best preserved prehistoric sites in the Med, so it’s worth seeing the real location for an idea of how these people lived, on top of their hill, about six kilometres from the sea, farming and herding cattle, living in their stone houses… Sounds idyllic. Though life expectancy was only about 30 years – assuming you made it past childhood.

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'The Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia, occupied from the 7th to the 4th millennium B.C., is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the eastern Mediterranean. Its remains and the finds from the excavations there have thrown much light on the … Read more...

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