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Mycenaean Palace discovered near Sparta

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    Excavations at Aghios Vassilios near Xirokambi
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    Agios Vasileios Church (36.979244, 22.478185) (credit: H. Haskell)
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Mycenean Palace and Linear B Tablets discovered at Aghios Vassilios, south of Sparta

 

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Excavations south of Sparta and northeast of Xirokambi at Aghios Vassilios have revealed substantial architecture, wall painting, Linear B tablets, bronze swords, and other luxury items, suggesting a palace..

The excavation is led by emeritus ephor of antiquities Adamantia Vassilogrambrou.

The first Linear B text discovered was a chance find in 2008. The texts of the tablets refer to a large number of short swords, textiles, substances for perfume manufacture, perhaps a personal name (Antiochos), and the two handled tripod vase (gold?). 

Wall paintings include depictions of human figures as well as ornament. Preserved are a lower leg clad in a greave on a blue background, a female head set within a banded border, and part of a chariot wheel.

The Mycenaean structures were destroyed by a fire at the end of the 14th or beginning of the 13th century. As such, the Linear B tablets are among the earlier Linear tablets found on the mainland.

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