Category Archives: Publications

Books and articles on Linear A.

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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Excellent Linear B Repository

DĀMOS: Database of Mycenaean at Oslo Federico Aurora at the Universitetet i Oslo has completed work on an outstanding repository of Linear B inscriptions. The user interface is absolutely beautiful and intuitive. Do a search on a Linear B word … 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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Reading the Iliad

I have a bilingual (Homeric Greek + English) of the Iliad (trans. A.T Murray, ed. William F. Wyatt). The sabre-rattling and violence is not generally my cup of tea, but I’ve been maintaining my pace through the sheer joy of … 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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Linear B at Thebes

Excellent! I stopped by the graduate library at the University of Washington today, and they finally have the 2005 transliterations from Aravantinos, del Freo, Godart and Sacconi. I’ll start work tonight on finally reconciling the various discrepancies between the 3 … Continue reading

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More great advice on decipherment and interpretation

In A Companion to Linear B: Mycenaean Greek Texts and their World vol. II, Yves Duhoux has written a must-read introduction for any aspiring philologist: “Interpreting the Linear B Records: Some Guidelines”. His guidelines apply to far more than just … Continue reading

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The Alice Kober papers are now available!

With many thanks to the folks at PASP (Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory) at the University of Texas at Austin, directed by Dr. Palaima, the Kober papers are now available and online: The Alice E. Kober Papers

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The Ambiguities of Linear B Spelling

As all Mycenologists know, it is infinitely difficult to argue that a specific Mycenaean name is or is not capable of a Greek interpretation; the ambiguity of the spelling is an all-powerful obstacle. – Anna Morpurgo Davies1 To read more … Continue reading

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Regressive Spelling in Linear B

After reading Woodard’s excellent work, I was curious to see if any consonant rows in Linear B showed consistent signs of regressive spelling statistically. The liquid L/R* consonant row is by far the most consistent in showing signs of regressive … Continue reading

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