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2 great photos of the tiny Linear B tablets at the Heraklion Museum, taken by my colleague and fellow Linear B researcher, Rita Roberts

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A post about my visit to The Heraklion Museum in Crete where I saw for the first time some of the Linear B tablets which were discovered by Sir Arthur Evans at Knossos Palace. I was thrilled that I was able to read them myself. Thanks for reading. Click on the photo to enlarge.

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2 great photos of the tiny Linear B tablets at the Heraklion Museum, taken by my colleague and fellow Linear B researcher, Rita Roberts, November 2014. Click on each photo to ENLARGE it:

Heaklion AHeaklion BAnd here is Rita herself, admiring all those great little tablets. I am green with envy, but at the same time delighted Rita has done this wonderful favour for us all.

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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Medal of Honor awarded to Gettysburg hero 151 years later.

Medal of Honor awarded to Gettysburg hero 151 years later.

This is an unusual post for me but I thought everyone should read it.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

NEWS: Middle Kingdom tombs discovered in Luxor

NEWS: Middle Kingdom tombs discovered in Luxor

Originally posted on The Egyptiana Emporium:

IMG_0518.JPGArchaeological works at the temple of Thutmose III in Luxor.

A team of Spanish archaeologists and Egyptologists have discovered two tombs with gold and silver jewellery from the Middle Kingdom (2050-1750 BC), under the temple of Pharaoh Thutmose III (1490-1436 BC), on the west bank of the Nile in the province of Luxor in southern Egypt.

As confirmed on Wednesday by the head of the expedition, Myriam Seco, below the temple is “a whole necropolis of the Middle Kingdom,” where, two days ago, the jewels of the lady were found. The body is of a woman of high class bearing two bracelets, a pendant of semi-precious stones and gold cylinders, and a silver anklet. The two gold bracelets are in perfect condition, although the silver jewellery is extremely deteriorated.

The tomb was previously located by geophysical surveys with GPR. This team has already dug fourteen graves “that were robbed in…

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Posted by on November 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

“My Folks Don’t Want Me To Talk About Slavery”

Originally posted on Silver in the Barn:

The complicated legacy of the American South is beautifully captured in Kate Campbell’s song.

My regular readers know I’m fascinated with history and the Civil War and slavery in particular. The little book I excerpt in this post has haunted me a bit since I found it twenty-odd years ago in a dusty Charleston, S.C. book shop.

It’s mind-boggling to consider that we have in the Slave Narratives thousands of interviews with men and women born into slavery right here in the American South. Their actual words!

It all seems like ancient history from our 21st century vantage point, but it was really just yesterday in historical terms, a mere eighty years ago, that former slaves still walked the red clay of the South. Imagine.

We now have a rich legacy of over two thousand of their stories archived in the United States Library of Congress thanks to a monumental effort by the Federal Writers’ Project in…

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Posted by on November 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Pylos Tablet PY cc 665: The Shepherd, Fresh Penis, Offers to Goddess Potnia… Click to ENLARGE (the Tablet, I mean, not the Shepherd’s Tool)

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A very unusual name for a shepherd in Minoan times. This post is about an Ancient Minoan Linear B Tablet with two alternative translations shared between my teacher Richard Vallance and myself Rita Roberts. I hope my fellow bloggers will enjoy. Thanks for reading and following my interest.

Originally posted on Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae:

Pylos Tablet PY cc 665: The Shepherd, Fresh Penis, Offers to Goddess Potnia... Click to ENLARGE (the Tablet, I mean, not the Shepherd’s Tool)

Pylos Tablet PY cc 665 translationWhen my esteemed colleague, Rita Roberts, sent me her latest translation of an extant Linear B tablet from Pylos, PY cc 665, little did she suspect, indeed, even less did I suspect what we were in for. Rita’s translation is the most commonsensical one a translator could come up with. The word NEWOPEO is almost certainly the name of the suppliant making an offering of 100 sheep and 190 pigs to the goddess, Potnia, one of the major Mycenaean deities, almost all of whom were feminine anyway. Potnia, otherwise called, “Potnia Theron” or Mistress of the Wild Beasts, has often been associated with Artemis, the ancient Greek goddess of the hunt, but she may also be linked with Demeter Ceres, goddess of the…

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Posted by on November 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Ming culinary culture: it’s all very beautiful, but what did they eat?

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A most interesting post from The British Museum.

Originally posted on British Museum blog:

Malcolm McNeill, project researcher and doctoral candidate, SOAS, University of London

In the book accompanying the BP exhibition Ming: 50 years that changed China, curator Jessica Harrison-Hall’s chapter ‘Courts: palaces, people and objects’ vividly evokes the sumptuous banquets of the Ming elite. A Timurid embassy’s account of a feast held in a meadow on 20 August 1420 treats us to an enticing description of geese, roast fowl, and dried and fresh fruits, all artfully arranged to impress these Central Asian dignitaries. The alfresco fine dining experience was accompanied by courtly pageantry. Beautiful cross-dressed male performers danced for the envoys, while entertainers in papier-mâché animal masks moved like wild beasts. These same Central Asians tell us that the Yongle emperor (reigned 1403?1422), the warrior, dined on a multitude of meats in a single sitting and had a penchant for yellow wine made from grain or rice (huang jiu)…

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Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

The Forbidden City Comes To Richmond

Originally posted on Silver in the Barn:

East meets West in grand style in Richmond for the next few months. Our Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is hosting the Forbidden City exhibit and it’s a jaw-dropper.

I was invited to a private tour of the exhibit yesterday (how about that?) and I could have stayed all day if left to my own devices. One fabulous object after another was on display, but one in particular caught my eye.

We’re not allowed to take photographs in the exhibit (dash it!) but here’s something very close to what captured my imagination:

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An enormous scroll of a life-sized horse dominated a gallery space, and I was immediately drawn to it. There was something about it that seemed….well, different from the artwork one typically sees on Chinese scrolls. And for good reason, it turns out.

Imagine my surprise to see that it was painted by a young Jesuit missionary in the early…

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Posted by on November 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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