The Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation invites you to watch online the new episode of the “Talk to me Historically” series, titled “Where did the first inhabitants of Cyprus live? The first earthen architectures on the island”. Dr Pantelitsa Mylona will give this new lecture which, as of the 24th of September, will be added to the online action.
The first inhabitants of Cyprus arrived on the island 10,000 years ago and built the earliest known Neolithic village settlement. The settlement lies in the present-day village of Agios Tychonas in the Lemesos district, at the Klimonas site. People settled near a torrent, on ground that was fertile because of river action. The constructions at Klimonas, both of residential use and of communal significance, were built exclusively from Earthen material. Geoarchaeology, by applying Soil micromorphology and the microscopical study of Earthen construction materials, has allowed us to understand and record the different stages of the building process, from collection of the raw material to preparation of the mix and, finally, the methods of construction for the walls but also the floors. Through the study earthen construction techniques, we may derive information about the social organisation of this first Neolithic society.
Brief resumé of the speaker:
Dr Pantelitsa Mylona is the senior researcher of the GeoArchX postdoctoral programme at the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus. She studied Archaeology at the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Cyprus. She holds a postgraduate title and a PhD in geoarchaeology from the National Museum of Natural History (Muséum National d’ Histoire Naturelle) in Paris. Her research focuses on the multiscale geoarchaeological approach, which encompasses the surrounding area of an archaeological site along with the microscopic scale within the site in semi-arid environments of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East. In the context of her research, she studies natural and anthropogenic deposits to reconstruct the environment and the topography before and during the site’s habitation. Research is then expanded to include the reconstruction of the site formation processes through micromorphological study of the archaeological strata and earthen architecture. In her capacity as geoarchaeologist, she collaborates with international teams in excavations in Cyprus, France, Greece and Iraqi Kurdistan.
The “Let’s Talk History” online series is scientifically validated and at the same time friendly to the listener. Invited to the series are acclaimed scholars, discussing a host of Cyprological topics related to the Museums, Collections, Exhibitions and Actions of the Cultural Foundation, but also to any given period of Cypriot history, archaeology, art history and literature.
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