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Mainland Greece

Jeannette Forsén

in The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199873609
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199873609.013.0004

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

Mainland Greece

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This article traces the geographical scope of mainland Greece bordered by Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Bulgaria to the north and the Cyclades and Crete to the south. The period is the Early Bronze Age, or Early Helladic (EH) denoting the mainland, during the time span between the preceding Final Neolithic period and the ensuing Middle Bronze Age. In close to ninety years of archaeology on mainland Greece, little has altered Carl Blegen's main outline of the EH period. Admittedly, the historical conclusions were modified since Blegen believed that a dramatic and complete cultural break could be seen at the end of the EH III period, whereas John Caskey reached the conclusion that a notable break in southern Greece occurred between EH II and EH III, while a second break took place in central Greece at the end of EH III.

Keywords: Greece; Early Bronze Age; Early Helladic; Neolithic period; archaeology; Carl Blegen; John Caskey

Article.  5492 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Greek History ; Greek and Roman Archaeology

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