Contemplating Issues of Historical Continuity: The Case of the Figurines from Erimi-Bamboula, Cyprus

In: Hellenistic and Roman Terracottas

Abstract

The paper focuses on the most recent finds from the investigative excavations of the Department of Antiquities at the site of Erimi-Bamboula, in Cyprus. The new data collected from the site raise new questions relating to the beliefs and the society of the Hellenistic period, for the reason that Hellenistic (and earlier) terracottas were found together with Chalcolithic material on the floor of a Chalcolithic building. Besides a typological presentation of the figurines, the discussion deals with the context of the discovered assemblage. An attempt is made to relate the presence of the figurines in an extra-urban environment with the socio-political upheaval characterising the Early Hellenistic period and its possible implications attested by the archaeological material.

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