DNA Analysis Sheds Light on the Mysterious Origins of the Ancient Greeks

A fragmented painting of a woman bearing offerings, from the Mycenaean palace at Tiryns. (Carole Raddato/Wikimedia Commons) Researchers found that Minoans and Mycenaeans were closely related. By Brigit Katz / 08.04.2017 During the Bronze Age, two important civilizations emerged in Greece: the Minoans and, later, the Mycenaeans. These ancient peoples were among the earliest of the so-called “high[…]

Ancient Treasures on Top of Mediterranean Mountains

The summit of Mt Zagaras north of Athens. Jason König In ancient times, they were the shrines and ritual sites to the Greek gods. These days, they’re astonishingly unloved and neglected. By Dr. Jason König / 03.01.2016 Professor of Greek University of St. Andrews The mountains of the Mediterranean are permanent reminders of the past. The ancient Greeks climbed to their summits to offer sacrifices to the[…]

Conservation vs. Restoration: The Palace of Knossos

The archaeological site at Knossos, with restored rooms in the background, Crete (photo: Jebulon, public domain) By Dr. Senta German / 03.24.2018 Faculty of Classics Andrew W Mellon Foundation Teaching Curator, Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford Restoration versus conservation What happens to an archaeological site after the archaeologist’s work is completed? Should the site (or parts of it)[…]

The Women of Mycenaean Pylos and Knossos

Fresco from Mycenae (1250-1180 BCE). Photo by Mark Cartwright, Archeaological Museum Mycenae By Judith Weingarten / 11.27.2016 Archaeologist Eritha, A Mycenaean Uppity Woman Around the year 1300 B.C.E., a priestess named Eritha argued a law suit against the governing council of the district of Pa-ki-ja-na (= Sphagianes, “the place of ritual slaughter”).  Eritha was high-priestess[…]