Bible and Archaeology News
Renovations to the Larnaca sewer system exposed two Phoenician-period tombs in southeastern Cyprus last weekend. Dated between the 6th and 4th centuries B.C.E., the tombs may be associated with the nearby 4th century B.C.E. catacombs. The catacombs themselves are located near the foundation of the historic Agia Faneromeni Church. Larnaca’s rich history began as the Bronze Age city Kition, the etymological root for Kittim, a Biblical name for Cyprus. Larnaca’s Mayor Andreas Louroutziatis has been enthusiastic about promoting the city’s ancient heritage, and there has been talk of creating a new underground museum to coincide with renovations to the catacombs and church.
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