The Greek Dark Age

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HOW FAR DO THE PHYSICAL REMAINS OF THE “DARK AGES” IN GREECE ILLUMINATE THE SOCIETY IN WHICH THEY WERE CREATED? This essay will show how the physical remains of the Greek dark age can or cannot show how a society functioned and give an idea of the kind of people lived in that time. The essay will focus upon votive offerings, pottery grave markers and bronze figures, and the archaeological remains of buildings found in Nichorea and Lefkandi. Also how technological increase seen through comparison can give clues to the increase in trade and wealth within a society. The majority of evidence comes from grave goods in the form of votive offerings and pottery, such as those found at Kerameikos cemetery in Athens, and from settlements like Lefkandi on the island of Eubdea. From the fall of the Mycenae, around 1200 – 1100 BCE, with its large stone built buildings, such as the citadel at Mycenae, it seems that the Greek people as a whole fell onto much less prosperous times. This can be seen from the types of building being constructed. The largest Dark Age building to be discovered, the “Chiefs House” at Lefkandi is markedly smaller than any Myceane palace and…show more content…
Objects must be viewed in context with each other to gain a fuller picture, and not just objects from one time period. One has to look at the time before the Dark Age, throughout, and beyond to see a progression or decline. Any picture that can be draw from physical remains will be fragmented especially without written records. The Greek dark ages are no exception. A degree of assumption must be applied due to the lack of evidence. Some things, such as the increase in technology, can be recorded through examination of similar artefacts spanning an extended period. Any conclusion about the Greek Dark Age must be limited due to the lack of available

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