Aegean civilizationAegean civilization
, the general term for the prehistoric civilization
, previously called "Mycenaean" because its existence was first brought to popular notice by Heinrich Schliemann
's excavations at Mycenae
. Subsequent discoveries, however, have made it clear that Mycenae was not its chief centre in its earlier stages, or, perhaps, at any period; and, accordingly, it is more usual now to adopt a wider geographical title.
See also: Aegean Sea
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