The Minoan Origin of Tyrian Purple

  title={The Minoan Origin of Tyrian Purple},
  author={Robert R. Stieglitz},
  journal={The Biblical Archaeologist},
  pages={46 - 54}
  • R. Stieglitz
  • Published 1 March 1994
  • Art
  • The Biblical Archaeologist
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