Yeronisos, or "Sacred Island", is 12,000 square meters of calcareous rock rising dramatically from the swelling seas just off the coast of western Cyprus. Since 1990 it has been the extraordinary setting for a total island study undertaken by Professor Joan Breton Connelly and the Yeronisos Island Expedition for New York University. The project pioneers the integration of ecological and archaeological fieldwork toward the common goal of preserving natural and cultural resources.

Results from four seasons of excavation show that Yeronisos had an active Chalcolithic phase (3100 B.C.) and flourished under the rule of the famous Egyptian Queen Cleopatra (50-30 B.C.). Coins, pottery, glass, inscriptions, and unique architectural remains suggest that Yeronisos preserves one of the most signficant Ptolemaic sites ouside of Egypt. An earthquake seems to have devestated the island during the late 1st century B.C./early 1st century A.D. after which it remained abandoned, aside from some squatters' activity, until the 6th century A.D. when a reservoir with impluvium, and animal shelters were built.

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