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Mycenaean Greece

A brief introduction to diagnostic features and several sites

Resources For Economy

1. Halstead, P. (1993). The Mycenaean palatial economy: Making the most of the gaps in the evidence. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society, 38, 57-86. doi:10.1017/s0068673500001620

Definitely not entry level reading, this resource provides significant detail on the Mycenaean economy and our gaps of knowledge.

2. Mylonas, G. E. (1983). Mycenae rich in gold. Athens: Ekdotike Athenon.

A more general book on the archaeological site of Mycenae and the Mycenaean Age, this is a good source for a broader look at the Mycenaean economy.

3. Vermeule, E. (1994). Greece in the Bronze Age. Brantford, ON: W. Ross MacDonald School.

Examining the Bronze Age from a more broad point of view, this work has good information for the Mycenaean economy and its interconections within the BA world. 

Economy Images

A Knossos Linear B Tablet
Minoan Ship from Naval Fresco (Akrotiri)
Mycenaean Pottery- Warrior Vase
Olive Trees
Bronze Age Trade Routes

Economy Summary:

The pre-monetary Mycenaean economy was based on the redistribution of goods and labor through a centralized palatial administration. Palaces controlled all macro aspects of the economy and maintained written Linear B records of economic transactions. Many palaces existed in the LH period and many infrastructure projects were undertaken to increase the economies of the palaces. These projects included: harbors, highways, bridges, dams, canals, workshops and land reclamation projects among others.

The Mycenaeans traded across the Mediterranean, importing metals, ivory, glass, and foodstuffs while exporting oil, perfume, wine, wool, pottery and other finished products. Most trade ventures were controlled by the palaces however, individual merchants did operate. Mycenaean objects have been found in Germany, Spain and the Middle East; while disputed objects have been found as far as Ireland and England.