Buried Cities, vol 3, Mycenae

Jennie Hall
Buried Cities, vol 3, Mycenae

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Title: Buried Cities, Volume 3 Mycenae
Author: Jennie Hall
Release Date: January, 2006 [EBook #9627] [Yes, we are more than
one year ahead of schedule] [This file was first posted on October 10,
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Produced by Juliet Sutherland, David Widger and PG Distributed

Author of "Four Old Greeks," Etc. Instructor in History and English in
the Francis W. Parker School, Chicago
With Many Drawings and Photographs From Original Sources

The publishers are grateful to the estate of Miss Jennie Hall and to her
many friends for assistance in planning the publication of this book.
Especial thanks are due to Miss Nell C. Curtis of the Lincoln School,
New York City, for helping to finish Miss Hall's work of choosing the
pictures, and to Miss Irene I. Cleaves of the Francis Parker School,
Chicago, who wrote the captions. It was Miss Katharine Taylor, now of
the Shady Hill School, Cambridge, who brought these stories to our

Do you like to dig for hidden treasure? Have you ever found Indian
arrowheads or Indian pottery? I knew a boy who was digging a cave in
a sandy place, and he found an Indian grave. With his own hands he
uncovered the bones and skull of some brave warrior. That brown skull
was more precious to him than a mint of money. Another boy I knew
was making a cave of his own. Suddenly he dug into an older one made
years before. He crawled into it with a leaping heart and began to
explore. He found an old carpet and a bit of burned candle. They

proved that some one had lived there. What kind of a man had he been
and what kind of life had he lived--black or white or red, robber or
beggar or adventurer? Some of us were walking in the woods one day
when we saw a bone sticking out of the ground. Luckily we had a spade,
and we set to work digging. Not one moment was the tool idle. First
one bone and then another came to light and among them a perfect
horse's skull. We felt as though we had rescued Captain Kidd's treasure,
and we went home draped in bones.
Suppose that instead of finding the bones of a horse we had uncovered
a gold-wrapped king. Suppose that instead of a deserted cave that boy
had dug into a whole buried city with theaters and mills and shops and
beautiful houses. Suppose that instead of picking up an Indian
arrowhead you could find old golden vases and crowns and bronze
swords lying in the earth. If you could be a digger and a finder and
could choose your find, would you choose a marble statue or a buried
bakeshop with bread two thousand years old still in the oven or a king's
grave filled with golden gifts? It is of such digging and such finding
that this book tells.

1. How a Lost City Was Found
_Pictures of Mycenæ_:
The Circle of Royal Tombs
Doctor and Mrs. Schliemann at Work
The Gate of Lions
Inside the Treasury of Atreus
The Interior of the Palace
Gold Mask; Cow's Head
The Warrior Vase
Bronze Helmets; Gem
Bronze Daggers
Carved Ivory Head; Bronze Brooches
A Cup from Vaphio
Gold Plates; Gold Ornament
Mycenæ in the Distance

Thirty years ago a little group of people stood on a hill in Greece. The
hilltop was covered with soft soil. The summer sun had dried the grass
and flowers, but little bushes grew thick over the ground.
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