New research in the sacred zone of the Fabrika Hill in Nea Paphos, Cyprus


  • Jolanta Młynarczyk University of Warsaw



archaeological excavations, cultic usage, Fabrika hill, Nea Paphos, site development, stone extraction


New research in the sacred zone of the Fabrika Hill in Nea Paphos, Cyprus

The rocky hillock of Fabrika in the north-eastern most part of ancient Nea Paphos, founded during the late 4th century BC, is of key importance for understanding the early phase of the town planning, but at the same time very difficult to be methodically explored. Both its eminent location and geology made it a natural source of building material throughout the ages, greatly hindering any accurate reconstruction of the site development. However, the data collected so far strongly suggest that the arrangement of the southern part of the hill was of a cultic nature. Therefore, on undertaking a joint project with Université d’Avignon, we decided to focus the research on the southern part of the hill where, near the top of an Early Hellenistic theatre, there are rock-cut outlines of atemple possibly devoted to Aphrodite Paphia. During two seasons of field work (2018-2019), we retrieved some important information regarding both an original Hellenistic arrangement of the sacred area and its later (Late Roman/Byzantine and Medieval) use. Some new observations were also made regarding the topographical details of the area.

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Młynarczyk, Jolanta. 2020. “New Research in the Sacred Zone of the Fabrika Hill in Nea Paphos, Cyprus”. Studies in Ancient Art and Civilisation 24 (December):59-76.