Science: Light on Lost Epochs

Digging at widely separated sites —one on an island in the Aegean Sea, the other in western Iran—two teams of archaeologists recently made discoveries that may require passages of ancient history to be rewritten. Already, the objects uncovered by the scientists are shedding new light on two mighty empires of antiquity.

The first find was reported by Greek archaeologists, who for the past six years have been excavating the remains of an important center of the highly advanced Minoan civilization: a city that was buried under a blanket of ash and dust when the...

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