Early in this
period (Late Cycladic I-II 1600-1400 B.C.) and under Cretan influence, the
Middle Cycladic centres reach an acme with improved organization, developed
architecture, strong fortifications, large central public buildings and temples
, and with a recording system and archives as well.
The unique wall
paintings of Akrotiri in Thera and the fragmentary paintings from Phylacopi with
their monumental rendition of nature and of official community events , are
distinctive creations , as also the richly decorated pottery. There is a
thriving business in the working of stone and metals. Later on, under
Mycenaean hegemony (Late Cycladic III 1400-1100 B.C.), the Cycladic centres are
ports of call in the Mycenaean network of communication and trade in the Aegean
and the Eastern Mediterranean. Now strongly Mycenaean in character, they
continue to play an important role down to the end of the period.