Aegean Bronze Age Chronology
Ian Hellström | 5 September 2022 | 1 min read
I present a timeline for the Aegean Bronze Age based on the high chronology.
The Bronze Age in the Aegean and south-eastern Mediterranean contains the Minoan, Cycladic, and Mycenaean cultures. In the wider area around the Aegean it also includes Ancient Egypt, Troy, Mesopotamia, and so on.
Many sources refer to the Aegean bronze age in terms of the so-called low chronology that is based on the relative dating of pottery styles and connections to the Ancient Egyptian chronology, which is not as exact as often assumed. Modern scientific methods (e.g. carbon dating, thermoluminescence) all favour a high chronology. This leads to a difference in the late Middle and early Late Bronze Age, particularly for the Minoan (Crete) and Mycenaean (Greece) civilizations.
The Aegean Bronze Age timeline lists the various periods for the Cyclades, Crete (Minoans), Greece (Mycenaeans), Troy, and Ancient Egypt. Where known, it lists rulers and noteworthy events or achievements. The timeline works best on a wide screen.
Why am I writing about archaeology?
I created an early version of this timeline as a personal aid in figuring out relative dates of major events while writing an essay on the impact of the Late Bronze Age volcanic eruption on the Minoan civilization as part of the course Minoans and Mycenaeans at the University of Oxford. It may be useful to others, too.