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Jewellery revealed in the burial contexts of the Greek Bronze Age by Eleni M. Konstantinidi

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Published by J. and E. Hedges, Distributed by Hadrian Books in Oxford, Eng .
Written in English



  • Greece,
  • Greece.


  • Jewelry, Ancient -- Greece.,
  • Tombs -- Greece.,
  • Bronze age -- Greece.,
  • Jewelry, Ancient -- Greece -- Catalogs.,
  • Tombs -- Greece -- Catalogs.,
  • Bronze age -- Greece -- Catalogs.,
  • Greece -- Antiquities.,
  • Greece -- Antiquities -- Catalogs.

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Edition Notes

StatementEleni M. Konstantinidi.
SeriesBAR international series., 912
LC ClassificationsDF220 .K65 2001
The Physical Object
Paginationvii, 322 p. :
Number of Pages322
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3997092M
ISBN 101841711659
LC Control Number2001339654

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  Bones, sea-shells, clay and simple stones were the first materials to be used in the production of the first pieces of Ancient Greek Jewelry, right within the Stone Age. Moving on to the Bronze Age ( B.C. and after), the development of navigation brought Greece closer to other advanced and wealthy civilizations and changed dramatically.   Archaeologists uncovered the precious piece in what they call Solnitsata—a Bronze Age settlement near the town of Provadiya in the Varna region that had two-story houses about 4, BC. The gold, plus the houses and other developments prompted a researcher to speculate that the people of northern Bulgaria were highly advanced.   Much of the jewelry in Ancient Greece, the Hellenistic Period specifically (approx. BCBC), was comprised of gold. While gold was used before this period, the arrival of gold into larger quantities into the circulation of the Hellenistic Period goods marked part of the significance of Alexander the Great’s conquering of the Persian Empire. Development of great Greek Mycenaean civilization brought the first great rise of jewelry use. Gold became primary decorative raw material, although silver, lead, bronze and various alloys were also used. Carefully crafted rings, necklaces and pendants were some of the most known jewelry .

A stunning example of an ancient Greek diadem. Source.. Just like the Egyptians and the Romans, the ancient Greeks too valued jewelry, but compared to the jewelry of civilizations like Egypt, which was astonishingly elaborate and rich, initially, Greek jewelry was quite understated, simple and inspired by time, the designs grew to be more complex and included the use of different.   The Bronze Age in Greece started with the Cycladic civilization, an early Bronze Age culture that arose southeast of the Greek mainland on the .   A rare 3,year-old sealstone (pictured) found in the tomb of a Bronze Age Greek warrior could rewrite the history of ancient Greek art. The . Discovery of archaeological material in the area, originally by a locally based amateur, began in April Increasingly systematic work throughout the following decades revealed thousands of pottery sherds, fibulae, jewellery, and other bronze and iron famous burial mound with the krater was excavated in early by René Joffroy. In new archaeological research on and.

Linear B tablet from Pylos: Since the British architect Michael Ventris deciphered the Linear B tablets in found in several Achaeans settlements in Greek mainland and Crete, it was clear that this language used by the Helladic population of the late bronze age ( BC.) was an early form of Greek-language. The Linear B was thus an archaic Greek- years older than Homer- and.   Purpose(s) Jewelry was worn both in life and death; pieces were therefore created for both, worn in both, or meant as just a part of burial. Much of the best-preserved pieces of jewelry come from tombs where the dead were buried in their personal pieces.. The above necklace with butterfly pendant was found on the deceased. Because Ancient Greeks believed the butterfly to represent their . The rites proceeded in three stages: laying-out (“prothesus”), funeral procession (“ekphora”) and burial. Laying-out was women's work. They washed, anointed and clothed the body, adding armor for a soldier or jewelry for a noblewoman. The corpse lay with feet to the door and a coin under the tongue to pay for passage to the underworld. Discovery of vast treasure trove of fine textiles shows importance of fashion to Bronze Age Britons. year-old fabrics are among finest from period ever discovered in Europe - and are of huge.