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Minoans not peaceful after all
Topic Started: Jan 11 2015, 03:16 AM (298 Views)
Dan Howard
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I always thought that the widespread belief of the Minoans as a peace-loving society until the Mycenaeans invaded was bizarre and contrary to the available evidence. It is good to see that Barry Molly has debunked this idea.

http://www.academia.edu/1552481/Martial_Mi...ronze_Age_Crete

Here is an article on his work
http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com...ml#.VLHqACuUe8o
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Todd Feinman
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Yeah it's funny how archaeologists are always looking for peaceful civilizations engaged in scholarly pursuits --and never find 'em. Thought the same thing about the ancient Maya until they found the Bonampak murals where captive warriors were getting their fingernails pulled out.
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Jeroen Zuiderwijk
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I guess they're always hoping to find the one civilization that found the magic formula to peace :)
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Jeroen Zuiderwijk
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They had the same idea about the bronze age here until some decades ago. No evidence for violence, and all weapons were dumped into the swamps and rivers. So they must have been very peaceful. But then that was in hippy times. And now we have a bronze age mass grave of an entire village massacred and dumped into a pit found a few km from here.
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Matthew Amt
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And now we have a bronze age mass grave of an entire village massacred and dumped into a pit found a few km from here.


Yes, but those were just the *violent* people--oh, wait...
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Gregory J. Liebau
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Nice to see that the full study is available for us. I thought I recollected posting about Dr. Molloy's thoughts before...

http://z8.invisionfree.com/Bronze_Age_Cent...?showtopic=1795
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