An ancient Greek palace filled with cultic objects and clay tablets written in a lost script may be the long-lost palace of Mycenaean Sparta, one of the most famous civilizations of ancient Greece.
The palace, which burnt to the ground in the 14th century B.C., also contained several tablets written in Linear B script, the earliest known form of written Greek, the Greek Ministry of Culture said in a statement.
Though archaeologists have a fairly clear picture of the late Mycenaean culture up to around 1200 B.C., they knew relatively little about the centuries beforehand. Then in 2009, archaeologists uncovered the remains of an ancient site that was first erected in the 17th century B.C., according to the statement. The entire complex was likely destroyed in a fire a few hundred years later.
The palace was found about 12 kilometers (approx 7.5 miles) away from where ancient Sparta was located. Among some of the artifacts uncovered in the palace was ornate murals, bronze swords, cups and seals. It’s believed that the Mycenaean culture was a likely inspiration for Homer’s “The Illiad” and “The Odyssey”.