A new excavation in the Xirokambi area of Aghios Vassilios west of Sparta, in the Peloponnese, Greece, has revealed a richness of Mycenaean artefacts in the area, including the remains of a palace, Linear B tablets, fragments of wall paintings, and several bronze swords. . . . The Aghios Vassilios excavation began in 2010, after Linear B tablets were found in the area in 2008, pointing to the existence of a powerful central authority and distribution system. The deciphered texts were devoted to perfume and cloth production, the trade of which was controlled by a palace administration in the Mycenaean era. Evidence of a central palace administration was confirmed also by the architecture, which is dated to the 14th century BC, while contact with Crete was confirmed by the finding of a double axe, a feature of the island’s palace culture. Artefacts found include seals, a multitude of ceramic and bronze vessels, and 21 bronze swords.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
A Mycenaean Palace in Sparta
reported on the finds last week: