Mycenaean graves, artefacts found at Halicarnassos


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New artefacts have been found during excavations in Bodrum’s Ortakent and Gümüşlük neighbourhoods (Greek Halicarnassos) in south-western Turkey. The artefacts will shed light on the history of Bodrum Peninsula, according to officials.

Mycenaean artefacts found at Halicarnassos
Artefacts from the Mycenaean era were found in graves 
at Halicarnassos [Credit: Hurriyet]

The Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum Director Emel Özkan said that they had discovered 49 artefacts from the Mycenaean era.

“The number of Mycenaean artefacts increased to 248 with these ones. This made our museum the richest one in terms of Mycenean artefacts among the Turkish museums,” she said.

Özkan said that the artefacts, which date back to 3,500 years ago, were very important for Anatolian history, adding, “The amphora and gifts found in this excavation show us that the necropolis area dates back to early Bronze Age. It was one the early era settlements in the western Anatolian.”

Özkan said skeletons found in the excavations were being examined by anthropologists and the artefacts would be displayed.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [November 10, 2014]


  1. "…very important for Anatolian history…"??? They mean "very important for the Hellenic history of Asia Minor". But these Turks wouldn't pronounce the term "Hellenic" or "Greek" apparently, no matter what.

  2. The possibility that they were made during the Mycenaean era doen't necessarily make them "Mycenaean".

    As for those Turks calling them part of "Anatolian" history (they mean "Turkish history" by that term) is at least laughable.



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