Knossos tablet KN 281 R w 21 & the supersyllabogram RI = linen undergarment: This is perhaps one of the easiest supersyllabograms I have ever had to translate. It is pretty much self-evident. T…
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The composite supersyllabograms E & KO with the ideogram for horse in Linear B: This is one of only two tablets in the entire corpus of Mycenaean Linear B tablets, on which two (2) supersyllabo…
This is a most complicated translation of a Linear B tablet, which deals with the Military Affairs at Knossos, by my teacher Richard Vallance. It is an example of that which I will come up against during my University Level. Gee I hope I can make it. Thanks to my blogger friends for following my progress.
More treasures from Must Farm
From Liverpool to London, the two ‘thoughtful and detailed’ major exhibitions telling stories of the Pre-Raphaelite | Culture24
Two collectors play key roles in the beautiful Pre-Raphaelite exhibitions currently being held at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery and Leighton House Museum in London.
THE BATTERSEA SHIELD
This beautiful Iron Age shield was dredged up from the Thames shortly before 1857, when it entered The British Museum collection. Several ancient weapons and human skulls were also found, but the location was jealously guarded by workmen and antiquities dealers..
The picture shows the ornate metal facing from an Iron Age wooden shield, probably made in eastern England c 350-50 BC. It is an exceptional piece, made from sections of bronze sheet hammered out to less than 1mm thick. When new, it would have been a dazzling golden colour, with details on its round bosses picked out with red glass. The swirling designs suggest the faces of birds and beasts, which resolve into different creatures, some strange and menacing, depending on the angle from which the shield is viewed. The handle was adorned with an elaborate bronze mount that is now so fragile that it has to be kept in storage.
Many of the most important surviving pieces of Iron Age metal-work have been preserved by the curious ancient practice of casting them into rivers and lakes. In England this was largely restricted to a handful of east-flowing waters, such as the Thames. Yet the practice was shared by many communities across Europe. Perhaps the most famous is the Swiss lake site of La T’ene, which has produced so many decorated objects that the swirling designs of the later European Iron Age are often known as La T’ene art The widespread nature of watery deposition and its long history suggest that water was important in ancient religious beliefs, and that the tools, armour and weapons left there were offerings to the gods. Scientific analyses of ancient teeth and absence of fish bones at settlements also imply that protection in battle, but reconstructions have been used successfully in fights by re-enactors. Richly decorated Iron Age armour and weaponry invites us to reconsider what warfare was like 2,000 years ago. Battles and skirmishes probably involved intimidating the enemy with impressive visual displays as well as acts of physical violence. Ranks of elaborately equipped warriors would have created a frightening spectacle.
Iron Age Warrior.
The intricate designs on the Battersea Shield extend even to the handle, which would have been hidden, suggesting the art on this object was more than just for show. Perhaps the design signified magical properties or religious meanings, offering the user power and protection. If so, then facing the owner of this extraordinary shield in battle would surely have been a daunting prospect.
A TRULY FASCINATING POST FROM THE HISTORY BLOG
THIS POST IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM MY USUAL POSTS BUT I THOUGHT MOST PEOPLE WOULD BE INTEREST Enjoy !!
It has been a while now , just a week before Xmas since we adopted Koko from the Animal Rescue shelter namely ‘TAKIS SHELTER’, whom I first blogged about. So I thought my fellow bloggers would like to see how he has settled down. considering he was quite scared when we first brought him into the house. He was shaking and looking so worried. He was hunching himself into a ball and backing away from wherever we wanted him to go. However, it did not take long for Koko to get used to our routine, and likewise us to get used to his adoring little ways. I swear animals can tell the time, well food time anyway, and of course walk times Koko also loves his own space such as, every now and again he will suddenly decide to go and sit under one of our dining room chairs as there is quite a space underneath the actual seat, so we believe he thinks it’s his own little kennel. ‘doggie thoughts’ . He is also good on the lead, but we have to find a safe place to be able to let him off the lead and have a good run around even though we have a garden.
Koko is a very intelligent and obedient animal . He sits when he is told ” without any treats ” and lets us know in good time when he wishes to GO you know GO ! so you see he is no trouble whatsoever. The one thing Koko really loves is his very own bed, and again 11-0’clock or thereabouts he is nudging me and wagging his tail , ‘its his bedtime’. where he jumps into it so hard that it goes sailing down the hallway with him in it. I think he does that purposely for the ride, settles down for the night and we don’t hear a peep from him until the next morning when of course its food time, after which its play time. Koko shares his affection between both John and I and as you can gather he receives lots of TLC from us so Koko is one happy little dog and we are happy to have him, we love him to bits. See photo’s below.
Koko laughing daring us to take the green ball
Under the chair. Koko thinks this is his kennel.
Out for a walk.
Back home and Koko dozing found the sun on the balcony.
Just cleaned my teeth with this special treat.
EXPERIMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY AT ITS VERY BEST.