CHAPTER 7 – EGYPT, MOROCCO, SYRIA, JORDAN, LEBANON, CYPRUS, ISRAEL AND CROATIA

It would certainly not be possible to visit all the areas of the former Roman Empire with a view to finding evidence of Karystian cipollino imported during the Roman period. This chapter deals with a group of countries where there might well be some and in certain cases where there are references, sometimes to only a small quantity in a widely scattered area.
With the exception of Lebanon, I have made visits in the past to all the countries mentioned above, but either before starting any ongoing search for cipollino marble and/or going without any specific mention or reference to cipollino there. Cyprus, Israel and Egypt were visited in the 1980s whilst living in Greece; Syria and Jordan in 1996, and Morocco in 2002.
The 1980s visits included some archaeological sites but not specifically those with references to cipollino. For example Egypt included Cairo and Luxor, Aswan and the Valley of the Kings. Time in Cyprus was mostly spent in Nicosia and the north of Cyprus with only a short helicopter visit to the area of the British bases in the south. Turkey (see chapter 4) was the only place visited where it was possible to record significant quantities of cipollino.