Ages in Cyprus
the Chalcolithic Age, dating from 3,000 to 2,500 B.C., began the
Bronze Ages, which in Cypriot archaeology are treated as
separate from the Chalcolithic and which lasted for about 1,500
Middle Bronze Age (1,900-1,600 B.C.) produced several styles of
well-made and competently decorated pottery.
implements show a well-advanced craftsmanship; imports
from Crete, Anatolia, Syria, and Egypt prove that external trade
It has been
conjectured that the name Alashia or Alasia, which occurs in
Hittite and Egyptian records in connection with the supply of
copper, refers to Cyprus. These trade links probably account for
the foundation of the new settlements in the east of the island
that were to develop into international urban emporiums.