Archaeological investigations at the precinct of the ancient Hellenistic-Roman theatre of Nea Pafos, in the southwest coast of Cyprus, which concentrated on the edges and to the south of the theatre, resulted to the identification of substantial structures of the ancient city.

According to an official announcement, the Department of Antiquities of the Ministry of Communications and Works announced the completion of the archaeological investigations at the site. The investigations took place between October 6 and November 17, 2010, by the University of Sydney and under the direction of Emeritus Professor Richard Green, Dr Craig Barker and Dr Smadar Gabrieli.

The archaeological investigations aimed largely in exploring the relationship between the building and the city’s urban infrastructure, and, to this end, a ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey was employed, to record a large area to the south of the theatre.

It is added that a number of substantial structures were identified, but the damage as a result of earthquakes meant it was difficult to detect the precise outline of the ancient city. It is also noted that excavations continued to the south east of the theatre, where a long narrow building, deemed to be a Roman water fountain house or a “nympaeum”, has been excavated in recent years.

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