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Lost palace of Sparta possibly uncovered


It is believed that the latest archaeological discovery is actually the long-lost palace of Mycenaean Sparta. This palace is called Ayios Vassileios.

This ancient Greek palace is filled with remarkable artifacts, including fragments of ornate murals, a cultic cup with a bull’s head, a seal emblazoned with a nautilus and several bronze swords.

This discovery was made about 12 kilometers from the historical Sparta. Based on some reports, tablets written in Linear B script, which is the earliest form of Greek, were located in this palace, which was burnt to the ground in the 15th or early 14th century B.C.

This discovery could provide more details on Mycenaean civilization which collapsed in 1200 B.C. The Mycenaeans are known for their gorgeous palaces, tombs laden with treasures and clay tablets holding text in Linear B.

It is still unknown why this civilization suddenly disappeared. Some researchers believe that a massive earthquake is responsible for their disappearance. Others believe that a 300-year drought is responsible for that.

The remains of what seems to be an ancient complex were discovered in 2009. According to archaeologist Hal Haskell, at that time administrators of the political bureaucracy used unbaked clay tablets to keep records which would be recycled after a period of time.

As this complex was burned to the ground, archaeologist managed to decipher some male and female names, as well as records of financial dealings and religious offerings.

Another structure was discovered on the site which had some fragments of ancient murals. Also, various cultic religious objects were discovered as well.

It is believed that this site could be the lost Spartan palace. This conclusion was made on the basis of many discovered middle Bronze Age artifacts.

In order to find solid evidence which will support this theory, archaeologists need to discover the throne room where ancient Greeks held receptions.

The discovery of Linear B tablets could cast more light on the time and place where Linear B developed.

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