Erimi-Laonin tou Porakou lies on a high plateau on the eastern river slope facing southward the Kouris Dam, just on the border between the Ypsonas and Erimi villages [1].

The site area of Erimi-Laonin tou Porakou was first identified in 2007 as a result of a survey project focusing on the middle and lower Kouris Valley, with the aim of outlining the general patterns of landscape use and the sequence of the ancient occupation in the valley area. The preliminary evidence paved the way towards further investigations in the site area, aiming at a greater clarification of the occupation sequence and an increased understanding of the function and use of the different areas of the site.

The general chronology of the settlement sequence within the site area, as recorded by survey collections and excavation results on the top mound (Area A), first lower terrace (Area B), and southern cemetery area (Area E), hints at occupation throughout two main periods (Periods 1 and 2). At this point the most attested to is the earlier Period 2, ranging from the Early Cypriote to the Late Cypriote I periods (EC II/III-LC IA), with two phases attested to within the sequence (Period 2: Phases A and B); the following period (Period 1), apparently following a lengthy hiatus, is related to a possible re-settlement during the late-Hellenistic and Roman periods.


[1] Cadastral Sheet LIII, Plan 46, Plots 331-336, 384;

geo-coordinates 34°42’43.00” N, 32° 55’23.00” E.


The archaeological research project at Erimi-Laonin tou Porakou is carried out thanks to the scientific collaboration of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus. I wish to express my gratitude to the former Director and the Director of the Department of Antiquities, Drs. Pavlos Flourentzos and Maria Hadjikosti, for granting the permission to develop the research project at Erimi, to the Acting Directors Drs. Despo Pilides and Marina Ieronimidou, and finally to Mr. Yiannis Violaris and to the kind cooperation of the staff of the District Archaeological Museum of Limassol. Their support and advices greatly aided the research.

Thanks are due to the following specialists for their valuable work, Enrico Bertazzoli (restorer), Vittoria Cardini (illustrator), Marialetizia Carra, Elena Vassio (paleobotanists).

A deep acknowledgment is due to the Erimi Community Board, and in particular to Mr. Panikos Hadjihambis, President of the Community Board, for his steady support, help and sincere participation to the Research Project.

Finally, we like to thank the staff of the Italian Embassy in Nicosia for their support, particularly the Ambassadors Dr. Alfredo Bastianelli and Dr. Guido Cerboni, Dr. Massimo Carnelos and Dr. Beatrice Vecchioni, Deputy Heads of Mission.

The project is grateful to the Institute of Aegean Prehistory of Philadelphia (INSTAP), the Mediterranean Archaeological Trust (MedArch), the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), Università di Torino, Dipartimento Studi Umanistici, Regione Toscana, the University of Florence – Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia and the Ente CRF for funding and support the 2008-2014 fieldwork seasons.


Università di Torino
Università di Torino