Discovery

Heinrich Schliemann is credited with discovering both Mycenae and Troy. He is also titled the father of Mycenaean archaeology. Schliemann first visited the location of Mycenae in 1868 and then returned back in August 1876. On his way to Mycenae he followed the same route that Pausanias, a Spartan general, did. The site was well known, but he was the first to dig there. Excavation resulted in many treasures like jewels, ornate daggers, ceramics, cult objects and death masks on the faces of bodies buried there. Before Schliemann excavated some archaeologists did not believe the town of Mycenae even existed and that it was just made up by Homer.