necropolis of the village of Karmi is thought to date from the Middle Bronze Age
(c 1900-1625 BC).
a number of rich chamber tombs have been excavated. On the wall of an access
passage of a tomb the crude relief of a human figure has survived. This
is the earliest relief of a human figure discovered on the island so far.
In one of the tombs a Minoan 'Kamares' cup and blue faience beads from
Egypt which suggest very early trading relations with Crete and Egypt were
discovered. It is called 'the tomb of the seafarer' because it was believed
'that the man probably walked down to the sea at Lapithos and took service
with one of the vessels trading between the Syrian ports and the Aegean
and that these objects are momentous of his travels'.
| Karmi village, situated up on the mountains,
is to the west of Kyrenia