Salamis Roman Friezes uncovered- Northern Cyprus

Excavations at the ancient city of Salamis in Northern Cyprus have unearthed some interesting finds including two friezes dating back to the Roman era.

The Ancient Monuments and Museums Department is working with Eastern Mediterranean and Ankara universities on the dig, which ends on July 31. As well as the friezes, the dig has also uncovered a male sculpture.

The Archaeological research aims to establish a connection between the portico at the northern end of the avenue of columns and the Roman baths at Salamis.

But Professor Coskun Ozgunel, leading the research team, said it was also about repairing and restoring the Salamis ruins.

He said the archaeologists had been working meticulously on the dig: “This year, as well as establishing the link between the portico and the Roman baths, we are also aiming at unearthing the northern parts of the structure submerged beneath the sand dunes.”

“Another project is being carried out at the area which used to be called the Granite Forum, the function of which will be established at the end of our work here. At the excavations that have been carried out here, three Byzantine era graves, one of them a child’s, have been unearthed.

We have been researching the Columned Avenue since 2001 and so far 800 metres of the road has been unearthed.  We are planning to make replicas of the statues at the Salamis ruins and place the original ones in a museum where they will be better protected.

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