Choirokoitia Maintained for Future Generations
The Neolithic settlement of Choirokitia, which was occupied from the 7th to the 4th millennium BC, is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the eastern Mediterranean, and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998.
Under a new management plan, which was presented two years ago, the site is being effectively managed for future generations so that its insight on the evolution of human society in the region can be safeguarded.
The management plan (whose stakeholders are UNESCO, the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus Institute and the French Archaeological Mission of Choirokoitia) is set for five years but will be ongoing. It has so far seen the introduction of a protective ‘buffer zone’ in order to control development and preserve the site. Local trees that would have grown at the time of the settlement were planted in 2013, and informative signage on the history of the settlement, its people and their activities, the climate and the flora and fauna are also part of the plan.
Choirokoitia was suddenly abandoned for unknown reasons around 6000 BC and the island would not be inhabited for another 1500 years after. Its significance and that of its remains cannot be underestimated and it is well worth a visit if you are holidaying in Larnaka.