Based on Cyprus' strategic location and natural resources, the island's archaeology provides a long-term perspective on the dialogue between local and external cultural developments. This viewpoint can be perceived in several regions with extensive settlement histories whose archaeology has often been discussed in monographs (e.g., Salamis: Karageorghis 1969; 1999; Kition: Karageorghis 1976). One region, however, has been noticeably absent from such studies, that of Polis Chrysochous. Situated on Cyprus' northwest coast, the Polis region has always boasted agricultural possibilities, connections to Cyprus' copper-rich interior, and access to maritime trade routes. Thus, Polis' successive settlements of Marion, Arsinoe, and Polis tis Chrysochous (“city flowing with gold”; preface), have expressed a uniquely Cypriot identity informed by a broader cultural milieu.

Given the lack of comprehensive publications, City of Gold: The Archaeology of Polis Chrysochous, Cyprus, represents a significant contribution to Cypriot archaeology. This noteworthy volume accompanied the...

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