The Kourion or as it is sometimes known, the Curium, is situated in Episkopi in the district of Limassol. Today this area is well maintained and managed by the Cyprus Department of Antiquities. The Kourion was an important ancient city on the southwest coast of Cyprus and has a limestone promontory which is almost 100 metres high. The earliest occupation of this settlement can be traced back to the Ceramic Neolithic period which was established during the Cypro-Geometric period in 1050 – 750 BC. Bellow the bluffs of the Kourion are the burial sites of the Kaloriziki necropolis which date back to the 11th century BC. These tombs provide a picture of a prosperous community with ties to mainland Greece. The kingdom of Kourion was at the time, one of the most influential in Cyprus even though the island came under the rule of the Egyptians and the Persians over this period.