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.
French archaeological Mission of Kition
Founded in 1964 for the excavation of Salamis, the mission of the University of Lyon has conducted research since 1976 on the ancient city of Kition (under the modern city of Larnaca).
French archaeological Mission of Klimonas
The excavation of Klimonas should allow to write a new page of Cypriot prehistory.
French archaeological Mission of Amathonte
The city, originally occupied according to Theopompe by an "autochthonous" population strongly mixed with Phoenicians, then with Greeks, and where they spoke a language still to be deciphered nowadays, was then governed by kings with Greek names, but who led a policy generally favourable to Persia.