This site was an enigma in the eyes of historians.
Developing Franco-Cypriot archaeology projects is an integral part of our bilateral cultural cooperation. In fact, France is a privileged Cypriot partner. Cyprus appreciates France's contribution to the research, protection and enhancement of its national heritage. The French archaeological missions work in close collaboration with the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus, which always encourages and supports French excavation programs, and also with the University of Cyprus. The Cypriots maintain and enjoy good relations with all French archeological missions and emphasize the importance of the missions.
The respective missions diligently develop, in conjunction with their research programs, "skills training" for young students and Cypriot archaeologists involved in research work or study visits to France organised by local professionals. It is also worth underlining the excellent collaborative work led by the Cypriot authorities that together with the Institut Français Chypre bring value to the development of these archaeological sites, especially those of Khirokitia and Kition.
The Khirokitia Archaeological site, dating from 5th c. B.C., was discovered in 1934 by P. Dikaios on behalf of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus. In 1976 the exploration was taken over by the French archeological Mission led by Dr. Alain Le Brun from the CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique).
The Klimonas excavation mission is expected to unveil a new page of prehistoric Cyprus.
Fondée en 1964 pour l'exploration de Salamine, la mission de l'Université de Lyon mène des recherches depuis 1976 sur la ville antique de Kition (sous la ville actuelle Larnaca).
Légende de la figure. Le site de Kition-Bamboula depuis le nord. Au premier plan, les néoria ; à l'arrière, le sanctuaire (© Mission de Kition).