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Pylos, Greece


Definition: Pylos is a Mycenaean capital and palace, the traditional home of Nestor (from Homer's Odyssey), located near the modern city of Pylos and the village of Khorsa. The palace dates to the Late Bronze Age and is among the best preserved of the Mycenaean palaces in existence. Also known for hundreds of tablets written in the Linear B script. Excavated by Carl Blegen and associates in the 1950s.


Bendall, L. M. 2003 A Reconsideration of the Northeastern Building at Pylos: Evidence for a Mycenaean Redistributive Center. American Journal of Archaeology 107(2):181-231.

This glossary entry is part of the Dictionary of Archaeology.

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