Kissonerga Mosfilia

Published 7th of September, 2018

Tucked away in the lower reaches of Kissonerga, lies a site of great historical importance. Similar in appearance to the ancient village of Lemba, which is currently closed for maintenance, Kissonerga Mosfilia is a perfect way to spend half an hour if you fancy something a little different. Like most of our findings, it was a happy accident that brought us to this ancient settlement. We were avoiding a roadblock and happened to pass this sign on our way to the coast road. Brown signs often signal something interesting, so we stopped to take a look...

The Entrance

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I am not going to describe what route we took to get here, as I can't remember it. However, there is a map link at the bottom of this page, and I will include it here too. This is the map.

Reconstruction

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the first building you see is a reconstruction of what the buildings looked like in the original settlement.

Good Condition

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Unlike the similar reconstruction at ancient Lemba the roof is still intact.

Inside

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On entering the hut you will see lots of information about the area.

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This is what the Kissonerga Website has to say about the site:


The relics of the housing are divided in two architectural phases. In the first one there are large circular residences with diameters 8 and 11 metres long, whereas in the second one there are shorter dimensions of 4 and 5 metres long. Actually, two carven tombs were discovered in the floor of a second phase residence, which constitute the primary samples of a new style in the evolving course of the burial Architecture, which characterizes the last chronological phase of the Copper-stone age and of the entire posterior Copper Age (2300-1900 B.C.)”. In the first tomb, a sloping path leads inside two burial chambers, one containing the skeleton of a middle-aged man and the second one containing two skeletons “holding hands with their sides on the ground”. Funeral gifts were discovered in both burial chambers. In the second tomb, “the remains of a single skeleton were found scattered and without any funeral gifts”...

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