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Dendra panoply, the oldest body

Armour from the Mycenaean era
Instant Articles News Strangeness May 17, 2017 Nikola Simonovski

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The Mycenaean Era in the history of Greece represents the old kiss
beginning of the advanced Greek civilization. Submerged for over
1000 years: It was
During this last phase of the Bronze Era, the Greeks an RAF pilot who
developed their writing system, art, and the urban first saw it in 1933
organization. Engineering, architectural and military
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The earliest sample of a full body armor in Greece was found 5. Britains
at the Dendra archeological site, located in the Argolis area. Atlantis found
Discovered in May 1960 by Swedish archaeologists, the at bottom of
North sea
discovered breastplate, and backplate made of bronze, date
to the 15th century BC. These pieces are part of the Dendra
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full-body armor, composed of fifteen pieces, including leg One of the Most
protectors, arm-guards, helmet and the parts mentioned Feared Soviet
above. The pieces were held together with leather lacing,
covering the entire body of the soldier.
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a hinge, and together with the large shoulder protectors,
these pieces consisted the upper body armor. Two triangular- 8. Steve Sasson
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providing protection for the armpits. The armor also includes first digital
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a neck protection plate. Three pairs of curved shields hang
from the waist, giving protection to the groin and the thighs. 9. One of the
This artifact is unique for its armguard, and as for the leg worlds most
protectors, it is assumed that they were made of linen and preserved
mummies, the
are a standard piece of armor seen in illustrations from the
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Mycenaean age.
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Written proofs of the existence of similar armors are found in

other places, like Knossos, Pylos, and Tiryns. However, the
Dendra panoply is by far the oldest example ever to be
unearthed. The beaten bronze plates on this armor are
loosely fastened with leather stripes, all in order to ease the
movements of the warrior.

Together with the bronze pieces, slivers of boars tusks were

also unearthed, which were pieces of the boars tusk helmet.
The full armor forms a heavy tubular suit and protects the
entire body of the soldier. Thre are examples of body
armors from Mycenaean age displayed at the National
Archaeological Museum in Athens, but these pieces are
different from the one found at Dendra.
armor from
referred to
as the
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The Dendra archaeological site is located outside the Dendra

village, which belongs to the Midea municipality in the
Argolis region of Greece. The history of Dendra began in the
early Bronze Age, and many important discoveries were
made there. The excavations began in the beginning of the
20th century when a cemetery was discovered by the
Swedish archaeologist, Axel Persson, who discovered many
beehive and chamber tombs.

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The scientists assume that these tombs belonged to the

ruling class of citizens who lived near the magnificent citadel
of Midea. Later, the excavations exposed the existence of
earlier burial sites which had the remains of sacrificed
horses. The archaeologists made many important discoveries
at Dendra, including jewelry, precious stones, tools and
weapons, golden items and pieces of pottery. Items made
out of silver, copper, glass and ivory were found as well.
However, the Dendra panoply remains the most important
discovery made on this site and is now on display at the
Archaeological Museum in the seaport town of Nafplio.

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