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date: 15 April 2021

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This articleexamines the archaeological evidence on the condition and major developments of Cyprus from the Iron Age through the Persian period, or from the eleventh century BC to the abolition of the city-kingdoms. Provenance studies indicate that different aspects of the material culture of the island exercised a strong influence, with a purposely maintained Cypriot trademark, on its Mediterranean environment. The analysis also reveals the absence of destruction levels or abandonment episodes that could have preserved the basic internal structure of settlements in the Cypro-Geometric and Cypro-Archaic periods.

Keywords: Cyprus, Iron Age, Persian Period, city-kingdoms, material culture, abandonment episodes, structure of settlements, Cypro-Geometric period, Cypro-Archaic period

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