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Marble island may hold key to Greek origins
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Greece https://www.independent.co.uk/news/scien...97666.html Greece

Archaeologists are, for the first time, discovering the probable origins of ancient Greece.

Excavations on a tiny island in the Aegean Sea – 125 miles south-east of Athens – are revealing the earliest truly monumental complex of buildings ever unearthed anywhere in the Greek world.

Dating back 4,600 years, the site may also have been part of the inspiration for a key aspect of Greek religion – the idea that mountain tops were the dwelling places of the gods.

Until now, nobody had realised the true scale of the complex – and the gargantuan effort that had gone into constructing it.

Archaeologists now believe that, in order to construct the complex, early Bronze Age Greeks embarked on at least 3,500 maritime voyages to transport between 7,000 and 10,000 tonnes of shining white marble from one Aegean island to another.



This must have required a staggering amount of effort to build - especially since they had little to no technology at the time!

I wonder how many artefacts from the period survive today, waiting to be discovered?
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That’s amazing and a lot of journeys. 
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Okay, so apparently this wasn't some kind of artificial pyramid. It's an island that was naturally pyramid-shaped, and they added a series of walls on the island, to make it look like a step pyramid:

https://www.livescience.com/65981-ancien...sland.html

Still an interesting discovery, though.
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