Ancient Palace Discovered Near Sparta, In Greece

According to an official declaration of Greek culture ministry, archaeologists have discovered the ruins of an ancient palace featuring important archaic inscriptions. It is believed that the ruins are dating back to the Mycenaean Age, during the 17th or 16th century B.C., and the ancient palace was probably destroyed in a fire in the late 14th or early 13th century B.C.

The palace discovered near Sparta, in southern Greece, had around 10 rooms. Archeologists found at the site a cup adorned with a bull's head, clay figurines, objects of worship, a fragment of murals, bronze swords and seals. According to them, this is the most important finding on the historical site so far. The remnants of the ancient palace were unearthed at the archeological site called Aghios Vassilios Hill, near the ancient village of Xirokambi.

Since 2009, archeological excavations in the area have unearthed other inscriptions on tablets detailing names, places and religious ceremonies in a script called Linear B. According to the Greek archeologists, it first appeared in Crete from around 1375 and this is among the oldest scripts to be discovered in Europe. The Linear B script could be only deciphered in the mid 20th century.

According to the Greek culture minister, this new discovery will provide more data on the language and beliefs of the Mycenean people and will allow for more research on the societal, administrative, political and economic organization of the region in the ancient times. 

The culture ministry added that so far this year more than 150 archaeological excavations have been carried out in Greece. These scientific works are demonstrating the importance of the archaeological cultural heritage cultural heritage of the country. Greece is known as one of the ancient centers of culture and civilization in Europe during the antiquity era. Other civilizations in ancient times, such the one of the Roman Empire, for example, have inspired from the rich Greek cultural heritage.

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