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Vapheio Gold Cups are Masterpieces of Ancient Greek Art

The pair of stunning gold cups, called the "Vapheio Cups," are considered masterpieces of ancient Greek art. The expertly crafted gold objects were found at the Vapheio tholos tomb in Lakonia, Greece in the late nineteenth century. The pair of...

The Mysterious Minoan ‘Snake Goddess’ of Crete

Since the discovery of the so-called Minoan ‘Snake Goddesses,’ it has been debated whether British archaeologist Arthur Evans' ideas and overstatements about Minoan culture were right. Contemporary research focuses on whether there was polytheism in Minoan Crete and what...

Greeks Are Descendants of the Mycenaeans, DNA Study Confirms

DNA evidence suggests that living Greeks are indeed descendants of the ancient Mycenaeans, who ruled Greece from 1,600 BC to 1,200 BC.

DNA Analysis Reveals Minoan and Mycenaean Genetic Origins

  For the first time, scientists have obtained genetic material and analyzed genome sequences from the ancient Minoans and Mycenaeans, who lived three to five thousand years ago. The new analysis suggests that the Minoans and Mycenaeans share a great deal...

Archaeologist Solves Mystery of the Phaistos Disc in Greece

The mystery of the Minoan Phaistos Disc has been "solved by 99 percent" says linguist and archaeologist Gareth Owens.

Today’s Greeks Are Like Those of 2,000 BC Researchers Find

An anthropological DNA research project which sequenced the genes of ancient populations found that modern Greeks are genetically similar.

Bronze Age Minoan Ingots Are Evidence of Ancient Trade Links

Bronze Age Minoan ingots with unique markings that were just discovered off the Israeli coast show vast trading links between Cyprus and Sardinia, archaeologists say. Dating back to the late Bronze age, approximately the 13th to the early 12th century...

The Scholars who Deciphered the Ancient Greek Script Linear B

If not for the incredible determination and talent of two scholars, Alice Kober and Michael Ventris, the ancient Greek script Linear B would likely remain a mystery today. While many linguists and archaeologists contributed to the decipherment of the script,...

New Courtyard Revealed at Minoan-era Palace of Zominthos

A central courtyard was recently unearthed at the Minoan Palace of Zominthos, along with a ritual axe, an intricately-carved stone seal and a spectacular gold sheet showing a relief of a ship, according to archaeologists who worked this year's...

Ruins of Thriving Minoan Settlement Discovered on Crete

Greece's Ministry of Culture issued a statement on Friday, informing the public about the important results of a recent archaeological excavation conducted on Crete. The most recent dig was were undertaken on the tiny islet of Chrysi (Gold) off the...