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Mycenaeans

The term “Mycenaeans” is an archaeological label, applied to a particular complex of material culture from the Greek mainland that dates to the Late Bronze Age. It should not be taken to refer to a particular ethnic group, since we don’t know how the archaeologically attested Mycenaeans defined themselves, or even if they conceived of themselves as ethnically distinct from e.g. the people on Crete, whom we refer to as the “Minoans”.

The griffin family of Lefkandi

The griffin family of Lefkandi

A twelfth-century-BC alabastron from Xeropolis-Lefkandi

The site of Lefkandi flourished in the aftermath of the collapse of the Mycenaean Palaces. Among the pottery found at the settlement on the Xeropolis tell is an alabastron on which griffins are depicted not as monsters, but in a loving family scene. What does it mean for the changing contexts of pottery production in the postpalatial Aegean?

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