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Kition: Military Port and Shipsheds

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Sophia Bruno, Duncan Feiges Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Sep 28, 2023 05:22 PM History
Covered sheds (neoria) in the ancient harbor of Kition used in the construction and repair of warships by the Phoenician rulers of the city during the fifth century BCE.

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architectural complex, port


Discovered by French archaeologists at Kition-Bamboula in 1987, the site consists of a series of covered sheds (neoria) that were used for the storage and repair of the royal fleet of Kition. The ships were pulled directly from the water into the shipsheds, which are six meters wide and over thirty meters in length. Six sheds have been discovered in total, all parallel to each other, and each was covered by a tile roof supported by piers sunk into the ground. The site has sustained a significant amount of damage, as a combination of natural geological changes and urban improvement in Larnaca has destroyed a large part of the ancient remains. The structure was built under the rule of the Phoenicians who controlled the city of Kition during the fifth century BCE. This is evidenced by the presence of Phoenician inscriptions and temples, including a trophy with the victory inscription of King Milkyaton, found in 1990, which describes a victory of the royal navy. 

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Sophia Bruno, Duncan Feiges, Jeffrey Becker, Thomas Landvatter, Gabriel Mckee, and Tom Elliott, 'Kition: Military Port and Shipsheds: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2023 <> [accessed: 02 October 2023]

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