Sites & cities that bear the name of Khirokitia


Today in : Cyprus
First trace of activity : ca. 7,000 B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 6,000 B.C.E
Recorded names : Choirocoitia, Χοιροκοιτία, Hirokitya

Description : Khirokitia (sometimes spelled Choirocoitia; Greek: Χοιροκοιτία [çiɾociˈti.a] it means Pig-cradle • χοίρος: pig, boar • κοιτίς: place of origin, cradle, Turkish: Hirokitya) is an archaeological site on the island of Cyprus dating from the Neolithic age. It has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1998. The site is known as one of the most important and best preserved prehistoric sites of the eastern Mediterranean. Much of its importance lies in the evidence of an organised functional society in the form of a collective settlement, with surrounding fortifications for communal protection. The Neolithic aceramic period is represented by this settlement and around 20 other similar settlements spread throughout the island.

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