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Visitors to the Mycenaean Room in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens are immediately struck by a tall glass case full of gold — Schliemann's gold. These are the wonderful gold artifacts that the German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann found in the summer of 1876, in the “shaft graves, ” which are deep tubular burial sites in the palace in Mycenae on the Peloponnese in southern Greece. There are gold death masks, leaves, cups and statuettes, and jewelry. They are some 3,500 years old. They dazzle the eye. You can't miss them where they sit in the center of the room. However, few visitors bother to look into an unobtrusive glass case that stands off to the side, next to a wall. Those who do usually glance briefly at its contents and then move on. It is not hard to understand why. The case is filled with what, at first sight, appear to be oversized “ skipping stones, ” the kind you look for at the edge of a pond to try to make hop over the surface of the water. These flat “...

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