(4) Commerce was practised to some extent in very early times, as is proved by the distribution of Melian obsidian over all the Aegean area and by the Nilotic influence on early Minoan art.
Melian vases came in their turn to Crete.
to Melos in the earlier Second City Period of Phylakope) and to Cyprus, receiving in return such commodities as Melian obsidian knives.
The Melian earth (yrl M0Xc6.3) was employed as a pigment by ancient artists.
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