A Visit to Lempa

The village of Lempa, four kilometres from Pafos, holds several interesting attractions. On its edge is the Prehistoric Settlement of Lempa-Lakkoi.

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The village of Lempa, four kilometres from Pafos, holds several interesting attractions. On its edge is the Prehistoric Settlement of Lempa-Lakkoi. Excavations here reveal the foundations for a cluster of houses from the Chalcolithic culture (3500-2500 BCE). Built from stone and mud, the village lacked defensive walls. Archaeological evidence suggests that its inhabitants lived by hunting and fishing, gathering, and cultivating plants and livestock. The Lady of Lempa, a figurine of a fertility goddess on display in the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia, was found here. Next to the archaeological site is the experimental village—a recent reconstruction of several buildings using the materials, technology, and manufacturing methods common in the Chalcolithic era. Scientists built the structures to help them understand building techniques, the look and feel of the spaces, and how the dwellings functioned. A few reconstructed buildings were burned down or allowed to decay so that archaeologists can better understand the remains of the prehistoric structures. In the contemporary village, you will find an artist colony. The natural spring greens the valley below and supported the manufacture and export of glazed pottery in the middle ages. The Cyprus College of Art is a studio and residency centre for artists from throughout the world. Look for the distinctive front sculpture wall and garden; it was created by former college director Stass Paraskos, students, and visiting artists using cement and found objects. Nearby is Lemba Pottery, where you can purchase handmade pots; ceramics classes (individual or group) can be booked online in advance.