Excavations in Ancient Idalion 2023 – Goodbye

Our last week started with a visit to the polish excavation under the direction of Prof. Dr. Evdoxia Papuci-Wladyka in Nea Paphos, from which we took away many interesting impressions and exciting insights.

Afterwards the storm continued and we had to stop excavation activities for one day, because we could have only fished for pottery. At least we could have saved ourselves the washing. Instead, we rather devoted ourselves to the documentation, in the warm and dry.

The next days at least remained free of thunderstorms and all participants feel the end of the excavation coming closer and closer, which leads to a lot of work and very little sleep. Nevertheless, ceramics continue to be diligently worked on daily, that is, after they have been washed and dried, they are still sorted, counted and weighed. The diagnostic terracotta and limestones are measured, photographed, briefly described and given numbers.

After the sections are all brought to the depth of rock we are aiming for, work begins on tearing down the walkways that separate the sections so that we have neat profiles, after the profile documentation, to get a detailed look at the structures and finally understand how they relate to each other. This creates a large area that we affectionately call our little three-room apartment.

Towards the end we get a visit from the French team, which at that time has just started their campaign under the direction of Dr. Sabine Fourrier (CNRS, Lyon) in Kition. We return this visit on the last day, after our finds have been successfully delivered to the museum depot and our excavation house has been brought back to shape. We end the day relaxed and satisfied on the beach of Larnaka and finish the campaign with a visit to our favorite fish tavern.

And so another successful campaign with exciting finds and a great team comes to an end.


Tosca Nina Negelmann