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Similar square sectioned awls are known from later, Early Cypriot, contexts (Stewart, in Gjerstad et al 1972: 248, fig. 100:28), though it is not until later that intact bone handles are recorded, for instance from Lapithos (Dikaios 1961: pi. 4). However the Mosphilia find is such a simple object that one need not doubt its Late Chalcolithic context. One of the most substantial Late Chalcolithic copper based objects from Mosphilia is Small Find No. 457 (fig. 9), the butt of an axe or adze from compacted deposits immediately over the tumble of building 86 (Peltenburg 1985: 62).
The last of the five copper metal objects from Kissonerga-Mosphilia is another unpublished copper chisel, Small Find No. 1 cm. Some other objects from Late Chalcolithic Mosphilia also may be connected with metals. One is This brief survey of Chalcolithic metals in Cyprus and the nearby regions points up the relative poverty of early metallurgy in Cyprus. C. C. are only eight more copper based objects, which include as moderately substantial objects only three chisels and one axe/ adze. Only in somewhat later times is there evidence of really substantial use of copper, and even then it is limited to northern sites such as Vounous, Vasilia, and Lapithos.
1980 Lemba Archaeological Project, Cyprus, 1978: Preliminary Report. Levant 12: 1-21. 1984 Lemba Archaeological Project, Cyprus, 1982: Preliminary Report. Levant 16: 55-65. 1985a Lemba Archaeological Project I. Excavations at Lemba Lakkous, 1976-1983. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology 70:1. Gôteborg: Âstrôm. 1985b Lemba Archaeological Project, Cyprus, 1983: Preliminary Report. Levant 17: 53-64. 1991 1989 KISSONERGA-MOSPHILIA Excavations at Kissonerga-Mosphilia 1988. Report of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus'.
Basileus: The Evidence for Kingship in Geometric Greece by Robert Drews