Category Archives: Archaeology

Reconstructing Minoan metal vessel crafting techniques

I’m reading a really excellent article on Academia.edu by Christina Clarke from the Proceedings of the 39th Symposium for Archaeometry about her research and adventures in reconstructing metal Minoan vessels. https://www.academia.edu/7761498/Minoan_Metal_Vessel_Manufacture_Reconstructing_Techniques_and_Technology_with_Experimental_Archaeology Figure 1 alone is worth the read with its … Continue reading

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José L. Melena and the Pylos Joins

Dr. Melena at the University of the Basque Country is one of my favourite Mycenologists. His writing is, to me, a perfect synthesis of detail-oriented curiosity and evidence-based academic rigor. An example of this are his comments which I’ve included … Continue reading

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Khania Linear B Transliterations

The 1989-90 Greek-Swedish Excavations at Kastelli, Khania yielded 4 Linear B artefacts. These transliterations are now available for further study: KH Ar

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KN Dl 47 at the Ashmolean Museum

With kind permission from the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, photos of the inscription and verso graffito of KN Dl 47 are now up to bring life to its transliteration. Please consider making a small donation to the … Continue reading

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Minoan Larnakes

Photos of the clay coffins of Minoan Crete, from the archaeological museums at Arkhanes, Siteia and Agios Nikolaos. Collection of Minoan Larnakes Photographs Agios Nikolaos Archaeological Museum, Crete Arkhanes Archaeological Museum, Crete

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Photos from Phaistos

I finally finished uploading the 510 photos from my trip to Phaistos, Crete. :) http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiminoa/sets/72157627694908941/ Theatre Magazines filled with Interesting Stone-crafted Finds

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The Ring of Minos

The Ring of Minos (1600 – 1450 BCE), Iraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete “It is a truism in archaeology that religious interpretations are often assigned to artifacts that are otherwise as yet inexplicable […]” – D.J. Ian Begg Signet rings are … Continue reading

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A Linear B tablet fragment in Manchester

For those of you in the UK, I just confirmed with the Manchester Museum at the University of Manchester that, in their Mediterranean Gallery, there is a Linear B tablet fragment on permanent display: KN B 8333. http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/ If any … Continue reading

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“An Archaeology of Palatial Mason’s Marks on Crete” by D. J. Ian Begg

This volume (33) of Hesperia Supplements includes an excellent article by D. J. Ian Begg reviewing the present study and understanding of the context and interpretation of Minoan “mason’s marks”. For anyone who is curious about the marks incised in … Continue reading

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Mmm! Minoan Mason Marks

Photos of the Minoan mason marks at Gournia, Knossos, Malia, Palaikastro and Phaistos in the Minoan mason marks group at Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/minoan-mason-marks/ Three “thunderbolt” mason marks at the top of the theatre stairs at Phaistos photo by Kim Raymoure Further … Continue reading

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