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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Middle Bronze Age in mainland Greece. The case of the Aspida settlement in Argos

During the Middle Bronze Age (2000/1900-1650 BC) mainland Greece went through one of the less impressive phases of its history, while by the end of the third millennium the Helladic civilization was pushed out of the limelight of developments which promoted Crete as the dominant power in the Aegean. The decline of the Helladic civilization is considered to be the result of interior convulsions which were probably connected whith the socio-economic realignments taking place in the broader Aegean region. The first steps towards the urbanization of the Early Bronze Age (3rd millennium) are suspended and a return to the rural economy is observed. The Argolis presents a special interest for the study of the Bronze Age in mainland Greece. Argos, one of the settlements continuously inhabited from the Neolithic period on, followed a remarkable historical course that culminated in the early Historical years, when it played a regulating role in the broader Helladic area. It seems that Argos in the Middle Bronze Age was one of the most extended Greek settlements, containing at least three important habitation nuclei, according to the excavational data.One in the eastern outskirt of Larissa (the acropolis of Argos), another on the foot of Aspida hill and a third one on the top of it.