Digs uncover 11 000-year-old village in Cyprus

2016-07-12 22:22
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Nicosia - Cyprus' Antiquities Department says recent archaeological digs have uncovered more than 20 round buildings in what is believed to be the east Mediterranean island's earliest known village, dating as far back as the 9th century BC.

The department said in a statement on Tuesday that excavations, which concluded last month in the Ayios Tychonas-Klimonas area near Cyprus' southern coast, also found domestic dogs and cats had already been introduced to Cyprus when the village was active 11 200 to 10 600 years ago.

It said villagers hunted small wild boar and birds, but didn't produce pottery.

Excavations directed by Francois Briois from France's School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences and Jean-Denis Vigne from France's National Centre for Scientific Research-National Museum of Natural History found most buildings had built-in fireplaces.

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