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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”.