The fifth season of excavations at the Paphos Agora, carried out by the Department of Classical Archaeology of the Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, have been completed, the Antiquities Department said on Thursday. The project aims to explore and study the agora of the ancient city of Nea Paphos, the capital of Cyprus in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
Approximately 95 per cent of the site remains unexcavated. The team is attempting to reconstruct the manner in which the public area functioned, its appearance and life span. One of the aims is to apply non-invasive (geophysical) methods in order to investigate the economic infrastructure of ancient Paphos and specifically, the area within the Archaeological Park.
Excavations this year took place in all three already existing trenches that have been opened in the agora, as well as in a new one traced at the south-eastern corner of the agora square. The project runs under the patronage of the Polish embassy in Nicosia. The Ambassador, Barbara Tuge-Erecińska visited the site on September 17.