The Makounta-Voules Archaeological Project is a collaborative, international research project investigating the backstory to urbanization in prehistoric Cyprus. The site of Makounta-Voules-Mersinoudia (previously investigated and published by Dariusz Maliszewski as Makounta-Mersinoudhia) is a prehistoric settlement in the northwestern part of the island, where few prehistoric sites have been excavated. Our team is exploring the evolving relationship between copper exploitation, long-distance trade, agricultural intensification, and increasing social inequality during the Late Chalcolithic period, Early Bronze Age, and Middle Bronze Age, immediately before the first urban centers emerged on the island. Our work at Makounta-Voules-Mersinoudia is also intended to contribute to the documentation of prehistoric remains in a region that is expected to undergo significant development in the coming years.

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