St. Francis Street Excavation

St. Francis Street Excavation
Larnaca, Cyprus
Build Environment
50m x 5m x 1.5m
Late 13th / Early 14th century

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. 


Abate, D., Avgousti, A., Faka, M., Hermon, S., Bakirtzis, N., and Christofi, P. An Online 3d Database System for Endangered Architectural and Archaeological Heritage in the South-Eastern Mediterranean. In: The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume XLII-2/W3, 2017 3D Virtual Reconstruction and Visualization of Complex Architectures, 1–3 March 2017, Nafplio, Greece.

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