Archaeological News

            The latest news in archaeology.       

    

counter for tumblr

Marks on a clay tablet fragment found in Greece are the oldest known decipherable text in Europe, a new study says.

Considered “magical or mysterious” in its time, the writing survives only because a trash heap caught fire some 3,500 years ago, according to researchers.

Found in an olive grove in what’s now the village of Iklaina (map), the tablet was created by a Greek-speaking Mycenaean scribe between 1450 and 1350 B.C., archaeologists say.

The Mycenaeans—made legendary in part by Homer’s Iliad, which fictionalizes their war with Troy—dominated much of Greece from about 1600 B.C. to 1100 B.C. (See “Is Troy True? The Evidence Behind Movie Myth.”)

So far, excavations at Iklaina have yielded evidence of an early Mycenaean palace, giant terrace walls, murals, and a surprisingly advanced drainage system, according to dig director Michael Cosmopoulos.

But the tablet, found last summer, is the biggest surprise of the multiyear project, Cosmopoulos said. Read more.

  1. cabinet-de-curiosites reblogged this from archaeologicalnews
  2. imaginaryhusband reblogged this from mythpictures
  3. cassandra879 reblogged this from mythpictures
  4. kabroder reblogged this from mythpictures
  5. lostinhistory reblogged this from archaeologicalnews
  6. sacredmotherearth reblogged this from mythpictures
  7. courtkneeee reblogged this from archaeologicalnews and added:
    This is awesome.
  8. itsthefactsoflifesunshine reblogged this from archaeologicalnews
  9. shimmery-neurons reblogged this from mythpictures
  10. mythpictures reblogged this from archaeologicalnews
  11. all-proper-tea-is-theft reblogged this from archaeologicalnews
  12. sayitlikeitisdamnit reblogged this from archaeologicalnews
  13. archaeologicalnews posted this