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Old February 17th, 2011, 03:02 AM   #1
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Ancient Cycladic culture


A distinctive Neolithic culture amalgamating Anatolian and mainland Greek elements arose in the western Aegean before 4000 BCE, based on [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmer_wheat"]emmer wheat[/ame] and wild-type barley, sheep and goats, pigs, and tuna that were apparently speared from small boats (Rutter). Excavated sites include Saliagos and Kephala (on [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keos"]Keos[/ame]) with signs of copper-working, Each of the small Cycladic islands could support no more than a few thousand people, though Late Cycladic boat models show that fifty oarsmen could be assembled from the scattered communities (Rutter), and when the highly organized palace-culture of Crete arose, the islands faded into insignificance, with the exception of Delos, which retained its archaic reputation as a sanctuary throughout antiquity and until the emergence of Christianity.
More accurate archaeology has revealed the broad outlines of a farming and seafaring culture that had immigrated from [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia_Minor"]Asia Minor[/ame] ca [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5th_millennium_BCE"]5000 BCE[/ame]. Early Cycladic culture evolved in three phases, between ca [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/33rd_century_BCE"]3300[/ame] - [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_century_BCE"]2000 BCE[/ame], when it was increasingly swamped in the rising influence of Minoan Crete. The culture of mainland Greece contemporary with Cycladic culture is termed [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helladic_culuture"]Helladic[/ame].

[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclades]Cyclades - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
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The oldest musical instrument that has been discovered dates back to the Middle Neolithic era (5000 BC). It is a single-hole whistle made of carved bone (pict.1) found in Thessaly and is exhibited in the Museum of Volos.
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What are those objects in the picture above?
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Frying pans!
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I wish I had such ornate frying pans.
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I would never use 5000 year old pans to be honest!
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