Greece uncovers ancient palace near Sparta

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Greece Uncovers Ancient Palace, Hopefully It Won't Be Looted


Archaeologists in Greece discovered what may be a Spartan palace from the ancient Mycenaean civilization.

Tablets written in Linear B script, the earliest known written language of the Greek people, were discovered within the 10-room palace.

Other parts of Mycenaean Greece have been discovered before, but this would be the first palace to be discovered near Sparta — making it a big find.

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An archaeologist who studies the Mycenaean culture told LiveScience the find will fill a big gap in the world's knowledge of Mycenaean Greece, which mysteriously disappeared around 1100 B.C.

The find comes at a delicate time for both the cash-strapped Greek government and its citizens.

And according to National Geographic, some of those citizens are turning to looting ancient Greek sites as a potential income source.

Here's to hoping Greece is able to beef up the security around the new Sparta site to keep out any would-be artifact thieves.

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