Digs in Cyprus uncover more of Phoenician fort





Digs in Cyprus have uncovered what may be soldiers' barracks belonging to a sprawling Phoenician fortress that was the island's largest ancient administrative hub dating back at least 2,500 years, the Cypriot Antiquities Department director said Monday.

Maria Hadjicosti said the discovery this year of the two building complexes in the ancient kingdom of Idalion, some 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of the modern-day capital Nicosia, offers more proof of the site's significance.

She said Cypriot and Greek archaeologists found two separate building complexes attached to a large tower overlooking the entire fortress. Pieces of a bronze shield and other metal weapons were found in some of the complexes' rooms, suggesting they were used as barracks by soldiers assigned to guard duty on the tower....



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