6. Mathiatis Mavrovouni: A Miner’s Sanctuary on the Island of Cyprus
Critical Approaches to Cypriot and Wider Mediterranean Archaeology - (Volume 16) - Sturt W. Manning
Sophocles Hadjisavvas [+]
Sophocles Hadjisavvas is a former Director of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus and undertook survey and excavation work across Cyprus over a long career in the Department of Antiquities. Among many publications on the archaeology and material culture of Cyprus, he has published extensively on the olive oil industry in the Cypriot history (especially: Olive oil processing in Cyprus: from the Bronze Age to the Byzantine period, SIMA 99, 1992). He excavated the major Late Bronze Age center at Alassa, published recently: Alassa. Excavations at the Late Bronze Age sites of Pano Mantilaris and Paliotaverna 1984-2000 (Department of Antiquities, 2017).
A brief and necessarily preliminary account and discussion is provided of the intriguing site of Mathiatis Mavrovouni in central Cyprus that was the subject of a limited rescue excavation and study by the author. The remains and material that were partly investigated and identified during road construction provide interesting evidence on a possible miner’s sanctuary site.