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Site E (Phase I) 25–28 February 1895,
Tombs 59–70

The site was commenced ‘at the S.E. end of the hill on which the ruined church [of Ayia Chrysanayiotissa] stands, about half way between Episkopi and Curium – just above the old Papho Road’ (see sketch of area in the Notebook).

Description and plan of Site E

Tomb 59

Contents: BM: four items
Materials/objects: Stone, terracotta, glass, amber
Chronological range of objects: CA
Tomb type and status: Surface grave
Additional information: Frags of amber, glass, two stone beads not registered. This is one of the few pre-Hellenistic burials, along with Tombs 67 and 70, explored by the British Museum in Site E.

Tomb 60

Contents: CM
Materials/objects: Stone, bronze, gold
Chronological range of objects: CC–Hellenistic (?)
Tomb type and status: ‘A large [stone-cut chamber?] tomb...sides roughly squared’ with sealing stone in situ; two skeletons.
Additional information: Bronze mirror; two mirror cases; bronze spatula/stylus; gold earring with filigree (Myres Type g) and beads (one in the shape of a vase); stone gem (?). CCM, 182.

Tomb 61

Contents: BM: seven items
Materials/objects: Glass, pottery
Chronological range of objects: Roman
Tomb type and status: Chamber tomb, rectangular chamber with entrance (?) on the long side opposite with two extended skeletons side by side.
Additional information: The Notebook records 33 glass bottles; 14 Roman lamps; three bronze mirrors or discs; a piece of gold-leaf. Bailey provides an account of the tomb and the preserved grave group in Lamp III, 292 and pl. 145.

Descriptions of Tombs 59–61 with sketch plans of Tombs 60 and  61

Tomb 62

Contents: BM: four items registered
Materials/objects: Bronze, pottery, glass
Chronological range of objects: Roman
Tomb type and status: Chamber tomb with stone in doorway, said to be 15ft 4in below the ground (Excavations, 84 incorrectly gives this dimension as the length of the chamber); raised shelf platform at the far end, bones scattered around the chamber but all the objects were laid on the shelf
Additional information: The Notebook also records 14 glass bottles and a cup; two additional lamps; bronze strigil and mirror-case; several Roman vases (mostly not kept). Bailey provides an account of the tomb and the preserved grave group in Lamp III, 292 and pl. 145.

Tomb 63

Contents: BM: three items
Materials/objects: Silver, bronze, glass
Chronological range of objects: Hellenistic (?); Roman
Tomb type and status: Chamber tomb ‘Very small, corpse on shelf’
Additional information: A 'small green gem' was also registered as 1896,2-1.124 but this can no longer be identified. Also mentioned in Notebook: two alabaster vases; bronze disc; two bronze bracelets; lead vase.

Tomb 64

Contents: CM
Materials/objects: Pottery, silver
Chronological range of objects: IA
Tomb type and status: Chamber
Additional information: The Notebook and CCM, 182 mention two silver rings (with stone setting); two silver earrings; nine spirals and Cypriote pottery.

Descriptions of Tombs 62–64

Tomb 65

Contents: BM: Up to five items, all frags of gold leaf, were registered, but none are currently identifiable. Several of these pieces may actually come from Tomb 69 (see below)
Materials/objects: Gold
Chronological range of objects: CA–CC (?)
Tomb type and status: No information
Additional information: The Notebook entry is annotated only with 1896,2-1.126 (gold strip with palmette design) and 273, though the Register lists the following three items in the sequence (1896,2-1.274–276) as possibly coming from Tombs 65 or 69. The corresponding Notebook entry for Tomb 69 is annotated only with these last three numbers. Excavations, 84: ‘frontlet of gold leaf with traces of palmette patterns, and fragment of another’. Several unregistered items from Cyprus in the GR collection belong to this common CA–CC type of diadem and may be the pieces from this tomb.

Tomb 66

Contents: CM
Materials/objects: Terracotta, bronze, gold, ivory
Chronological range of objects: Hellenistic–Roman (?)
Tomb type and status: Chamber
Additional information: The head of terracotta figure could be a Temple Boy but this is not certain. Also mentioned in the Notebook are: gold leaf; jewellery; a bronze mirror; a cylindrical bronze box; an ivory ring with female head in relief. CCM, 182.

Tomb 67

Contents: BM: one item registered
Materials/objects: Bronze
Chronological range of objects: CG III–CAI
Tomb type and status: Chamber (?)
Additional information: Deposit also included fragments of bronze objects, including a spiral. This is one of the few pre-Hellenistic tombs (along with 59 and 70) excavated in Site E.

Tomb 68

Contents: BM: four items
Materials/objects: Pottery, bronze
Chronological range of objects: CC II–Hellenistic
Tomb type and status: Chamber (?)
Additional information: The bronze spatula may also have come from Tomb 110 according to the Register. Gilt bronze beads (and other bronze frags), stone beads also listed among the finds in the Notebook and Excavations.

Description and image of excavations at Site B

Tomb 69

Contents: BM: three items
Materials/objects: Bronze, gold
Chronological range of objects: CC II–Hellenistic
Tomb type and status: Chamber
Additional information: Several fragments of gold leaf (1896,2-1.273–276) were registerd with this tomb but are no longer identifiable (see above, Tomb 65 for comments). A second gold earring of similar type to 1896,2-1.270 was registered (1896,2-1.271) but is no longer identifiable. The Notebook also mentions:fFive gold beads; stone bead; silver coin of Alexander the Great (‘uncertain mint of Asia Minor’); glass vase. The coin was not registered in the Kourion sequence.

Tomb 70

Contents: BM: two items registered
Materials/objects: Terracotta, bronze
Chronological range of objects: CA I–II
Tomb type and status: Chamber
Additional information: Along with Tombs 59 and 67, this is the only pre-Hellenistic burial excavated in Site E by Walters.

Descriptions of Tombs 69–70

Guide to the tombs

Introductions to the sites