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date: 26 May 2018

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This article analyses developments in Cyprus in relation to the Levant during the Neolithic Period. It explains that Cyprus was rarely included in debates on the prehistory of the Levant because of a lack of archaeological evidence and that the first relative chronology for Cyprus was constructed by PorphyriosDikaios on the basis of his excavations at Khirokitia, Sotira, and Erimi. The article argues that the Neolithic period in Cyprus is perhaps one of the most intriguing periods in the prehistory of the Near East because the very peculiar material culture patterning that can be documented in much of the archaeological record, which offers insights into cultural change in the wider region.

Keywords: Cyprus, Levant, Neolithic Period, prehistory, archaeological evidence, PorphyriosDikaios, Khirokitia, Sotira, Erimi, material culture

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