Documenting the Damage

Over the last four or five years, we’ve witnessed first hand the work of looters on our site in Cyprus.  Their work with metal detectors has left pockmarked fields in their wake, and this past year they left a 2 m deep hole at the site of Vigla. 

The hole was probably not worth the looters efforts as all it did was expose a 2 m high stretch of fortification wall which I diligently worked with Dimitri Nakassis to document yesterday evening.

This sectional of wall is the best preserved stretch of the wall surrounding the height of Vigla.  Even more useful, it is the only stretch visible (for the moment at least) on the northern side of the height and confirmed our suspicions regarding the course of the wall in this area.  Unfortunately, its excavation by looters prevented us from retrieving any significant chronological data from the hole despite a few pieces of coarse ware scattered about inside the hole.


  1. June 11, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Oh man, I’ve got to dig up an essay I read sometime ago about the looter-archaeology relationship and how it is fundamental. Both need each other (for prospecting at different levels). I’ve started reading this 1920s Greek novel and it starts with a couple of looters. I wonder why Postprocessualists don’t do more with looters. Now, that would be a fabulous ethnographic project!!!

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