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Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations

Some 11,000 years ago, seafaring people from the Near East landed their boats on the island of Cyprus. The easternmost isle in the Mediterranean, Cyprus has long been a place where influences from East and West meet.

The antiquities presented in this exhibition represent objects that range from the earliest villages to masterpieces of medieval religious art, presenting the American public for the first time an overview of the unique culture of Cyprus.

Traveling in primitive boats, the first settlers on Cyprus came from the Anatolian coast to the north, and from the Syrian shore to the east. They brought with them a wide variety of mainland plants and animals, including goats, pigs, deer, wheat, and barley. These early settlers reflect the Neolithic shift from hunting and gathering to farming and village life.

Cypros: Crossroad of Civilization

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