The largest site of ancient copper production discovered so far
is most probably linked to the modern mine of Sia. About 100 tons
of slag were discoverd at the location called Sia-Anogia. Analytical
work on slags and metals is in progress. Preliminary results show
a similar technology as at Almyras.
More multiphase sites exclusively linked to copper production
are to be expected in the Sia Valley. Future field work in this
highly mineralized area has the potential to contribute considerably
to the history of copper production on Cyprus over the last three
millenia and will be necessary to accurately place ALMYRAS into
a socio-economic and historical context.
Future archaeometallurgical investigation must ultimately concentrate
on the assessment, documentation and protection of the remaining
evidence of Cypriot copper working from all periods. These are an
important but rapidly disappearing part of the cultural heritage
of this country. In every spot where large mines in this century
have been opened, remains of ancient working have been exposed.
Erosion, thoughtless destruction and reuse of these open cast mines
as garbage dumps call for considerable investment in emergency protection.
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