ABSTRACT

The everyday lives of ordinary people left their traces in the archaeological record of the Greek bronze age, but for a long time they received little notice. Early treasure hunters, and even early archaeologists, had little interest in the humble evidence of domestic life and threw aside the pots, pans and tools; a lot of the evidence for the way of life of ordinary people was overlooked or even destroyed in the pursuit of treasure. Much of the information we have comes from indirect sources, images on wall paintings, pictures on vases and metalwork and ivories – and of course the Linear B tablets.