Ar­chae­ol­o­gists un­earth an­cient Greek palace close to Sparta

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Ar­chae­ol­o­gists in Greece have dis­cov­ered the ru­ins of an an­cient palace with im­por­tant ar­chaic in­scrip­tions dat­ing back to the Myce­naean Age, the cul­ture min­istry said Tues­day.

The palace, likely built around the 17th-16th cen­turies B.C., had around 10 rooms and was dis­cov­ered near Sparta in south­ern Greece.

At the site, ar­chae­ol­o­gists found ob­jects of wor­ship, clay fig­urines, a cup adorned with a bull’s head, swords and frag­ments of mu­rals.

Since 2009, ex­ca­va­tions in the area have un­earthed in­scrip­tions on tablets de­tail­ing re­li­gious cer­e­monies and names and places in a script called Lin­ear B, the old­est script to be dis­cov­ered in Europe. It first ap­pears in Crete from around 1375 B.C. and was only de­ci­phered in the mid 20th cen­tury.

The new dis­cov­ery will al­low for more re­search on the “po­lit­i­cal, ad­min­is­tra­tive, eco­nomic and so­ci­etal or­ga­ni­za­tion of the re­gion,” and pro­vide “new in­for­ma­tion on the be­liefs and lan­guage sys­tems of the Myce­naean peo­ple,” the min­istry said in a state­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the cul­ture min­istry, more than 150 ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tions were have been car­ried out in Greece so far this year, “de­mon­strat­ing the im­por­tance of the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal wealth and cul­tural her­itage of the coun­try.”

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