In southern Greece, from around the year 5000 – 1100 B.C., there bloomed a civilization called Mycenae. When German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann discovered, on the banks of Turkey, in the late 19th century, ancient Troy, he went further and excavated grave sites in Mycenae to uncover the burial mask of Agamemnon, the mythical Mycenaean king who fought in the Trojan War. Continue reading

Minoan Civilization

When British archeologist Arthur Evans discovered in the early 20th century the remains of an ancient, mysterious civilization on the island of Crete, he realized he had found something even more unknown than Troy. Evans began to decipher writings that he had found, later called Linear A, and he realized he had stumbled upon the unknown Minoan civilization that had flourished from around 2700 to 1450 B.C. Continue reading