Tuesday, 2 May 2006
Atsas Valley, Cyprus: abandoned village
One archaeologist went to visit some of the locals who he'd worked and become friends with and was kind enough to let me and another tag along; he even indulged my penchant for negative heritage tourism.
The Atsas Valley, in the southern region of the divided Cyprus (photographed facing roughly northwards towards the borderline) includes one relatively inaccessible place, the white strip near the centre, partly bordered by dark vegetation, just beneath the horizon. I understand that it's an abandoned village, its residents driven out by the nationalist violence at some point between 1963 and 1974.