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Artifacts from the Mycenaean era were found in graves in Bodrum.

Artifacts from the Mycenaean era were found in graves in Bodrum.

During excavations carried out by the Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum in the Aegean town of Bodrum’s Ortakent district, graves from the Mycenaean era have been unearthed. According to a written statement issued by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, pieces unearthed in the graves are very important for the scientific world.

Among the pieces are baked earth, water bottles, cups with three handles, a carafe, a razor, animal bones and lots of glass and beads of various sizes. Examinations on nearly 3,500-year-old artifacts show that the graves date back to the Mycenaean III era around 600 B.C. to 1,000 B.C years ago. The two graves are important to understand the cultural and artistic relations between ancient Anatolian people, the statement said.


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Chris Nuttall

8/20/2013 2:19:17 PM

Lampros: I wans't disputing that the Mycenaeans and Minoans were in contact with the Egyptians during the Late Bronze Age (Scarabs at Mycenae, 'Minoan-style frescoes in Egypt etc), though I responded to the suggestion that they "created" Egyptian culture. Mycenae is of the largest of the palaces on the Greek mainland, though there is no reference in the Linear B texts as to what the 'Mycenaeans' called themselves. Also, the Egyptian 'Aegean list' mentions Knossos, Kythera and Phaistos.

Lambros Tapinos

8/19/2013 5:28:31 PM

Chris: Minoan and Mycenean Greeks did influence the Egyptians and were also influenced by them. Trading missions are visible in Egyptian tomb paintings from 1500BC. The funerary temple of Amenhotep III (1390-1352) includes a list of cities in Bronze Age Greece and Crete, the word "Mycenae" is listed along with other cities. Maybe Schliemann was right when he named the civilisation Mycenean?

Kat Gibbs

8/16/2013 1:56:08 PM

Mycenae=Makenya correct pronounciation, see Xenophone, first seafaring settlers of Egypt - then Greece, also known as Irakis of the Cyclades, as well as Sumerians, etc. Heinrich Schliemann had secreted away some Mycenaean jewelry which was part of a set. On the threat of his sponsor leaving him, he and his wife came up with the hidden piece, the gold headband, then claimed to have found Troy, a fictional city. Homer was a fiction writer, not a historian. Morocco was originally named Makenya,

Chris Nuttall

8/7/2013 11:52:03 PM

Kat: Secondly, to suggest that Mycenaeans had any significant effect upon the development of Egyptian and Etruscan culture is simply wrong and to suggest they had an influence upon the development of Chinese culture is nothing short of farcical. There are of course links between the prehistoric Mycenaean Greeks and the later Greeks (Greek language, deities, some material culture). Egypt if anything could be interpreted as having an influence upon Mycenaean development, rather than vice-versa

Chris Nuttall

8/7/2013 11:46:26 PM

Kat: Firstly we have no textual evidence suggesting what the 'Mycenaeans' would have referred to themselves as. The term 'Mycenaeans' was given to the culture of prehistoric Greece by Heinrich Schliemann after the excavations at Mycenae in the late 19th century. Schliemann was heavily motivated by the desire to prove the validity of the works of Homer and designated Mycenae as the 'capital' of the Mycenaeans due to its vast size and due to the fact it is referred to as such in the Iliad.

Kat Gibbs

8/7/2013 12:42:54 PM

Yes it is true that the Mycenaeans/Makenyans as they themselves pronounced themselves, created Egyptian, Etruscan/Turkish, Greek and Chinese civilizations. Homer was a poet and wrote great fiction according to Aristotle, not history. TheTrojans were Achaeans/Spartans from the Peloponese, not Turkey.

Chris Nuttall

8/4/2013 8:24:41 PM

In addition to the above poster, the written texts of the Mycenaeans were a form of proto-greek script (referred to as Linear B). This suggests that of the Mycenaean population, at least some wrote in Early Greek and may have indeed been Greeks. It must be said that the presence of Mycenaean artifacts does not always indicate Mycenaean settlement. We do however know that it is possible that some Mycenaeans or people from the Aegean may have settled at Miletos in LH III A-B (1400-1300 BC)

Chris Nuttall

8/4/2013 8:20:08 PM

Sorry, the dating of the "Mycenaean III era" (or Late Helladic III) is incorrect. Late Helladic III begins at around 1400 B.C (1430 BC High dating, 1390 BC low dating) and ends at around 1100 B.C.


8/3/2013 11:56:54 AM

For once more the article writer avoids saying that Mycenean era artifacts are greek. The ancient city of Mycenae is in Peloponnisos peninsula in south Greece. King Agamemnon of Mycenae was the one who led Greeks in the Trojan War. These findings prove once more the -over 3,000 years old- presence of Greeks in Anatolia.
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