We know much about Ancient Greece.
Coins, inscriptions, statues, and many more Greek artifacts have been found.
Archaeologists have even found buildings! Marine archaeologists have found
the wrecks of several ancient Greek ships. Archaeologists found these remains
in digs and drew these conclusions. The first Greeks were the beginning
of a well known, thriving civilization. Ancient Greeks lived about 3,000
years ago. There are about five periods that experts have divided the time
of the ancient Greeks into: c. 2,900 -c.1,000 BC was the Bronze Age, c.
1,100-800 BC was the Dark Age, c.800-500 BC was the Archaic Period, c.500-336
BC was the Classical Period, and c.336-30 BC was the Hellenistic period.
The first and most important archaeological discovery was made by and Englishman, Sir Arthur Evans in 1894 AD on Crete. Evans named this discovery the palace of Knossoss. He named the civilization Minoan after a Cretan king named Minos. The first Greeks came to Greece 40,000 years ago as cave bearing hunter-gatherers.