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THE LIMASSOL DISTRICT ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

The Archaeological Museum in Limassol  was founded in 1948 and was  initially housed  in a part of the Limassol Castle. During the conflicts of 1964 it  remained close as it was transferred to the National Guard.
Construction activities both for the new modern Museum and the Court House began in 1972.
The new exhibition was rearranged in March 1975 , under  extremely difficult circumstances related to the recent Turkish invasion of  the island.
The Castle itself was restored  and  its prison cells (dating to a reconstruction phase during the Ottoman period) were adapted to house the new Cypriot Medieval Museum. The Castle exhibition consists of artefacts of the latest periods of Cypriot History, beginning from the 4th and 5th centuries AD and covering all the historical periods  to the early phases of the Ottoman period, 16th-17th cent.
The Archaeological Museum is housing  antiquities  that have been found during systematic and rescue excavations of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus and of the foreign Archaeological Missions in the City and the District of Limassol as well.
Through the exhibited material the visitors can follow the development of civilisation in the island from the  9th millennium to the end of antiquity (Late Roman period).

CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE

PREHISTORIC PERIOD

Preneolithic period- Akroteri culture

10.000-8500 BC

Early Neolithic- Shillourokambos culture

8-7

 

 

Neolithic I/ Classical Neolithic

6800-6000 BC

Neolithic II/ Late Neoilithic   - Sotira culture

4500-3800 BC

Chalcolithic

3900/3800-2900/2500 BC

Erimi Culture

3600-2600 BC

 

 

Early Bronze Age

3000/2900-1900/1800 BC

iddle Bronze Age

1900-1600 BC

Late Bronze Age

1600-1050 BC

 

 

HISTORICAL PERIODS

Cypro-Geometric period

1100-750 BC   

Cypro-Archaic period

750-500 BC

Cypro- Classical period

500-310 BC

Hellenistic period

310-50   BC

Roman period

50 BC-324 AD

Late Roman , Early Christian or Early Byzantin period   

3247th AD

 


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