Phase 2 – Excavation
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Excavations have been an integral part of the CMP project since 2006 and are conducted across the island by more than 50 Cypriot archaeologists who work in bi-communal forensic teams. The archaeologists excavate and recover human remains by using standard archaeological principles and methodologies as well as new technological tools and barrel drilling techniques.
After a potential burial site has been identified, the archaeologists start searching for any remains of a potential missing person and, if successful, commence with the exhumation of the remains.
Over the years, CMP archaeologists have recovered remains at different types of burial sites in a range of landscapes such as open field, water well, mountain slope, and stream bed. Some remains are recovered from the ground’s surface or from single or multiple ground layers; others are recovered from a pre-existing feature, such as a ditch or a well.