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  • Keith Branigan,
  • C. D. Fortenberry,
  • Lyvia Morgan,
  • R. L. N. Barber,
  • Christos G. Doumas,
  • Updated and revised by Dimitris Plantzos,
  • Dimitris Plantzos,
  • P. M. Warren,
  • Reynold Higgins
  •  and J. Lesley Fitton


Culture that flourished during the Greek Bronze Age in the Cyclades, a large archipelago in the Aegean Sea between southern Greece and Turkey (see fig.). The islands, whose name derives from kuklos (‘circle’) because they encircled the holy island of Delos, are bounded to the south by the much larger island of Crete. They were both probably first settled in the Early Neolithic period by peoples from western Anatolia (now Turkey), but in the Bronze Age the Cyclades and Crete (...

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