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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Mycenaean world. Five centuries of early Greek civilization, from 1600 to 1100 BC

When Berlin became the “Cultural Capital of Europe” for the year 1988, Greece took part in the celebrations with an exhibition about Mycenaean civilization. This exhibition has now moved to the Greek National Archaeological Museum. The three hundred and sixty-eight exhibits on show are not seen merely as museum exhibits but as objects bringing certain messages down to us from the past. Precious objects are placed side by side with simple utensils of everyday use in order to give the visitor to the exhibition a fuller view of the world these objects came from. The artefacts are arranged in two units. The first unit illustrates the first centres of Mycenaean culture and how these nuclei gradually spread geographically. The second unit makes clear to us how the Mycenaean civilization came into being, the influence of Crete, and the everyday habits of the Mycenaeans.