SCY206 : Klirou Kouloupaedhes

Rubble Piles and Vineyard Shelter

Grid reference: 518180/3874000
Cadastral plan:
SIA: SIA 9 (Klirou Ayios Mamas)
Survey units: 4514-4517

The area indicated by local informants as the site of the village variously named Ayia Irini or Ayia Marina lies only 300 m southwest of Ayios Mamas, in the upper part of the valley above the check dams. The only indications of any sort of structure consisted of a long rubble pile and a vineyard shelter. The rubble pile was about 50 m long and 1-3 m wide, heaped up against a bank some 2 m in height. It was collected in five sub-units, but because small potsherds tend to fall through only 22 sherds were collected, 20 of which were the same Cypriot W4 ware which dominated the rubble piles at Ayios Mamas. The 35 tile fragments from the rubble suggest some sort of roofed structure.

On the slope immediately above an abandoned vineyard on the northern edge of the rubble heap was a vineyard shelter, half built from basalt river cobbles and half dug into the weathered and friable basalt bedrock. The walls had been plastered on the interior with mud plaster containing large proportions of chaff, and it had been re-roofed relatively recently with machine-cut wooden beams, corrugated iron and sections of flattened oil drum. Its construction and interior dimensions of 1.30 x 0.95 m were characteristic of such vineyard shelters from the late Ottoman and early Colonial periods. As they were used for shelter while dressing the vines and ploughing at a distance from the village, it is most unlikely that there was a settlement in its vicinity during this period. If the rubble at Ayia Irini does represent some sort of small habitation, which seems possible but by no means certain, it was presumably in the Medieval or earlier Ottoman periods.