Greek History and Archaeology
This is what ancient Greek state archives looked like. These bronze tablets, were part of the archive of Argos and record financial transactions. Found by chance through rescue excavations, they will be on a temporary display in Athnes' Epigraphic Museum.
The cup was found in the tomb of a warrior and dates to around 1700-1600 BC. It comes from an early Mycenaean cultural context, contemporary with the one of Grave Circle B at Mycenae. The tomb belongs to a particular group of warriors' tombs indicative of a culture more advanced than the dominant Minyan (Middle Helladic) culture which was the dominant one in Central Greece at the time. These warriors' tombs are indicative of how the Shaft Graves era took place in Central Greece.
Excavations that brought to light residential sites of the Mycenaean era around Mt. Olympus brought tolight a highly Mycenized culture. Still, utilitarian pottery from these sites shows that local communities blended local cooking traditions with northern (Balkan) and southern (Mycenaean/Minoan) ones.
The image of a woman's face in profile is the only thing that has survived from an elite decorated pottery plate dating to Greece's Early Archaic period. The shard was located by chance by the port of Kyllene (Glarentza) in Western Peloponnese. Photo from the archive of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Ilia (Ministry of Culture, Archaeological Resources Fund (YPPO/TAP), published in the archaeological guide for Kyllene -Glarentza, by T. Mourtzini and A. Ralli, courtesy of Archaeology & Arts.
Divers over the wreck of the historic “Mentor”, the ship that sunk carrying the Parthenon Marbles to Britain. And while the Marbles were recovered, the wreck stayed on the seabed somewhere off Kythera, being the spot of a current exploration/research project. Brows to see last season's finds.
The #ancient #flooring of the Acropolis is not easily perceived by today's visitors, who see the whole as an irregular and inaccessible square with architectural features of marble, whose lower part looks alarmingly crude and at times worn off. Few people realize that this part was invisible and well-protected as the soil had been configured artificially by the ancient architects, resulting in a monumental floor of great historical, archaeological, and aesthetic value.