Eléa Golf Club has organised ‘The Ancient Pafos Open’ in order to raise funds for archaeological excavations being conducted by the University of Cyprus on the city’s ancient citadel.
The Ancient Pafos Open is set to take place on June 11, 2017 with the first tee time scheduled for 9am.
At 17:30 a scheduled archaeological tour will take place at the excavations area by Professor Maria Iacovou from the University’s Department of History and Archaeology, Archaeological Research Unit.
Iacovou’s team are mostly undergraduate student volunteers led and trained by young postdoctoral researchers, and will be digging on site.
Participants will visit two newly discovered and very extensive monuments – dated from the 6th century B.C. – that were unknown and invisible until a few years ago.
The monuments were constructed by the ancient Pafos royal dynasty, with their capital occupying an area far greater than modern-day Kouklia village.
Pafos’ ancient kings held a dual authority; they were state leaders and high priests to the goddess, addressed as Queen or “Anassa” in Greek.
The University of Cyprus launched an invisible urban landscape analysis project 11 years ago, whose target is to identify ancient Pafos’ capital structure.