Archaeologists unearth ancient Greek palace near Sparta

August 25, 2015
A photo released by the Greek Ministry of Culture on August 25, 2015 shows an excavations site near Sparta in the Peloponnese re
A photo released by the Greek Ministry of Culture on August 25, 2015 shows an excavations site near Sparta in the Peloponnese region with remains of a palace of the Mycenaean period, bearing important inscriptions in archaic Greek

Archaeologists in Greece have discovered the ruins of an ancient palace with important archaic inscriptions dating back to the Mycenaean Age, the culture ministry said Tuesday.

The palace, likely built around the 17th-16th centuries BC, had around ten rooms and was discovered near Sparta in southern Greece.

At the site, found objects of worship, clay figurines, a cup adorned with a bull's head, swords and fragments of murals.

Since 2009, excavations in the area have unearthed inscriptions on tablets detailing religious ceremonies and names and places in a script called Linear B, the oldest script to be discovered in Europe. It first appears in Crete from around 1375 BC and was only deciphered in the mid 20th century.

The new discovery will allow for more research on the "political, administrative, economic and societal organisation of the region", and provide "new information on the beliefs and language systems of the Mycenean people," the ministry said in a statement.

According to the culture ministry, more than 150 were have been carried out in Greece so far this year, "demonstrating the importance of the archaeological wealth and of the country".

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OdinsAcolyte
5 / 5 (2) Aug 25, 2015
Better guard these from ISIS....
24volts
1 / 5 (6) Aug 25, 2015
A total of 10 rooms is not a palace.
Vietvet
5 / 5 (5) Aug 25, 2015
A total of 10 rooms is not a palace.


Palace | Define Palace at Dictionary.com
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the official residence of a reigning monarch or member of a royal family:
n2899t
1 / 5 (3) Aug 26, 2015
This article is sloppy. It says the ruins date from the 17th-16th centuries BC. Then it says they unearthed inscriptions in Linear B. In the next paragraph they then write "Linear B first appeared in Crete in 1375 BC."

So, how can Linear B be used to date a site to the 16th-17th century BC if Linear B doesn't appear until the 14th Century BC?!

Make me doubt the accuracy of the entire article.
SciTechdude
5 / 5 (2) Aug 28, 2015
This article is sloppy. It says the ruins date from the 17th-16th centuries BC. Then it says they unearthed inscriptions in Linear B. In the next paragraph they then write "Linear B first appeared in Crete in 1375 BC."

So, how can Linear B be used to date a site to the 16th-17th century BC if Linear B doesn't appear until the 14th Century BC?!

Make me doubt the accuracy of the entire article.


Your reading comprehension is sloppy. It says the RUINS date from 17-16th centuries, but that they uncovered TABLETS with SCRIPT that dates from the 1300s. This means the place could have been in continuous operation or use for several hundred years before falling into ruin.
Whydening Gyre
5 / 5 (1) Aug 28, 2015
A total of 10 rooms is not a palace.


Palace | Define Palace at Dictionary.com
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the official residence of a reigning monarch or member of a royal family:

Dang... Guess that means I live in an ALMOST palace (9 rooms if you don't count the garage )...:-)

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