Aphendrika Survey Project

Project director: Marko Kiessel.

The surroundings of the locality ‘Aphendrika’ have been identified by most scholars with ‘Urania’ which is mentioned by the ancient Greek author Diodorus Siculus in a context of the early 3rd century BC. Up to date few published studies discuss the remains of early Byzantine and medieval churches, an acropolis and a coastal Classical-Hellenistic necropolis.

This project is supposed to shed more light on this hardly investigated area. During this ongoing cultural heritage survey the research team has been documenting remains of human activity ranging from the Neolithic period to the 20th century by ground and aerial surveys, measured (technical) drawings, large-scale and small-scale 3D scanner.

Project by permission of the Department of Antiquities, North Cyprus, 2016- .


  1. Kiessel, Hof- und Fassadengräber auf der Karpashalbinsel Zyperns? Bemerkungen zu Kammergräbern in der Flur “Spilious” nahe Aphendrika, ADALYA, XX, 2017, 135-156. (ISSN: 1301-2746).


Kiessel, M., Saymanlier, A., Taluğ, M., The harbour of the ancient coastal settlement at the site ‘Aphendrika’ in the Karpas peninsula, Cyprus. Harbour facilities, harbor ‘design’ and trade of agricultural products.

Kiessel, M., A new Arcaic sanctuary in the Aphendrika area on the north coast of the Karpas peninsula of Cyprus.

Kiessel, M., Saymanlier, A., Mesda, Y., Rural Vernacular Architecture and Ancient Settlements: The Case of Aphendrika in the Karpas Peninsula of Cyprus.