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Royal burials of Tamassos: adornments and signets

Contacts: Prof. Dr. Bärbel Morstadt

The settlement of Tamassos is situated in the Troodos massif, which is located inland on the island of Cyprus. The settlement gained its prosperity through the exploitation of local copper deposits. The royal burials of Tamassos bear witness of the wealth of the upper classes in this region. The burials not only included Phoenician architecture but also Phoenician and Phoenician style objects incorporating them uniquely as form defining elements characteristic of their Cyprian life style. Adornments and signets can be cited as typical examples.

The publication of the royal grave inventories will be facilitated in retrospect by the 2003-2005 funded German Research Foundation (DFG) project directed by Hartmut Matthäus (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg) and Hans-Günter Buchholz (†). It will be under the editorship of Hartmut Matthäus as part of the series “Alter Orient und Altes Testament” published by the Ugarit-Verlag, Münster.