Minoans and Mycenaeans • 4000 BC it starts- Indo-Europeans are called this because of the descendent language spoken in Europe. • People began to spread out in all directions. People started going south to Greece in 2000 BC • Early Bronze Age- 3000 BC to 2000 BC-tools and weapons are starting to be made of tin and bronze. • Middle Bronze Age- 2000 BC to 1600 BC • Late Bronze Age- 1600BC to 1100 BC- this leads into the Iron Age. • When people went to Greece there was a culture that was already flourishing on the island of Crete. • In northern Crete, Cnossus was an open Palace of Minos from 3000-1000BC inhabited by the Minoans.-This palace had trading stations, storerooms, archives, columns that were bigger at the top, legends of Minotaurs and bulls, frescoes, and a writing system. This writing system consisted of Linear A script- the most primitive it was and it still has not been deciphered. There is also a Linear B script- this is the older one and is a version of Greek. The Greeks traded with the Minoans and
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Minoan civilization, Knossos, Mycenaean Greece, Early Bronze age