During planned road works carried out by the Larnaca Sewerage and Drainage Board in the area surrounding the religious complex of the Catholic Church, known today as Terra Santa but officially dedicated to Saint Mary of Graces, and its adjacent convent, archaeological remains and linear structures were discovered.
The importance of the road for the local transportation system necessitated its urgent re opening to regular traffic. As a result, the Larnaca Municipality, in agreement with the Cyprus Department of Antiquities, decided to backfill all the archaeological finds under layers of sand (approximately 500 cubic meter) and asphalt. Nonetheless, in accordance with the policies of the Department of Antiquities, an adequate 3D documentation was performed by the Science and technology in Archaeology research Centre of the Cyprus Institute to properly provide sufficient documentation data to allow further studies and scientific analysis.
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