The term “Mycenaean” is an archaeological label, applied to a particular complex of material culture from the Greek mainland that dates to the Late Bronze Age. “Mycenaeans” is a short hand, and should explictly not be taken to refer to a particular ethnic group, since we don’t know how people in the Bronze Age Aegean defined themselves.
For example, we don’t know if the people from the mainland – producers of “Mycenaean” material culture, however defined – even conceived of themselves as ethnically distinct from e.g. the contemporary people on Crete, who are often referred to collectively – and misleadingly – as the “Minoans”.
The modern island of Thera is actually the rim of an old volcano. This volcano had erupted during the Bronze Age. What effect did this massive eruption have in the Aegean, and on nearby Crete in particular?
The publication of a new edition of Eric Cline’s book 1177 BC causes Josho to think about how we frame “collapse”, and whether the end of hierarchical societies is really as bad as many scholars seem to suggest.
With the recent release of the strategy game A Total War Saga: Troy, there has been a flood of videos about the Trojan War. Sadly, many of them are not very good. The recent video by Extra Credits on “Battles in the Bronze Age” is an example.
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?