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UPDATED Table of 27 supersyllabograms in Minoan Linear A

UPDATED Table of 27 supersyllabograms in Minoan Linear A: After scanning all of the Minoan Linear A tablets I have deciphered, more or less accurately, I have been obliged to revise the former Tabl…

Source: UPDATED Table of 27 supersyllabograms in Minoan Linear A

This  brilliant work is from my teacher Richard  Vallance whom by now you all know. Please comment on his blog. Thanks

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Comic artists re imagine Beatrix Potter for 150th Anniversary | Culture24

To mark the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter, award-winning comic artists have given their time and talents to reimagine the characters and artwork of Beatrix Potter, with stunning results.

NOW HERE IS SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT FROM MY USUAL POSTS.

Everyone loves Beatrice Potter. Click on the link below to read more.

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Posted by on September 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENT! 24 Supersyllabograms in Minoan Linear A just discovered, 8 of them deciphered (versus 36 in Mycenaean Linear B)

MAJOR DEVELOPMENT! 24 Supersyllabograms in Minoan Linear A just discovered, 8 of them deciphered (versus 36 in Mycenaean Linear B): In case you were wondering whether or not the Mycenaeans invented…

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Posted by on September 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Antikythera shipwreck yields ancient human bones – The Archaeology News Network

via Antikythera shipwreck yields ancient human bones – The Archaeology News Network

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

The full range of marvelous, rich colours the Minoans at Knossos used on their stunning frescoes!

The full range of marvelous, rich colours the Minoans at Knossos used on their stunning frescoes! We notice right away that the colours they had at their disposal ran from various shades of yellows…

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Posted by on September 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Great References of King Arthur Online

King Arthur Conquers Cyberspace King Arthur: Legends go back hundreds of years Ancient manuscripts telling the story of the legendary King

Arthur are set to go online. The British Library is to mak…

FOR THOSE OF YOU INTERESTED IN THE LEGEND OF KING ARTHUR THIS IS GREAT NEWS. Click on the link below to read the rest of this post.

Source: Great References of King Arthur Online

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Symbaloo/Google search ranks Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae as fourth largest on the Internet

Symbaloo/Google search ranks Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae as fourth largest on the Internet: Since this is a Boolean AND search, if we omit sites dealing with only Minoan Linear…

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Posted by on September 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Translations of 2 Linear B tablets from Knossos dealing with rams by Rita Roberts

Translations of 2 Linear B tablets from Knossos dealing with rams by Rita Roberts: Here we see translations of 2 Linear B tablets from Knossos dealing with rams by Rita Roberts, Crete, who is now i…  Click on the link below to read the rest of this post.   I now have 12 more translations to work on. Dealing with the agricultural sector of Knossos

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Posted by on September 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Some of our best friends’ names in Mycenaean Linear B & Minoan Linear A

Some of our best friends’ names in Mycenaean Linear B & Minoan Linear A: Except for my name, which comes first since after all I am my own best friend, entries are arranged in alphabetical orde…

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HERE ARE SOME OF OUR BLOGGER FRIENDS NAMES IN MYCENAEAN LINEAR B.  Just a nice thought from my teacher.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Looking at Ancient Pottery ( Minoan )

The importance of pottery is stressed by the fact that in most cases it does not perish and is able to withstand the passing of time. Pottery is in fact evidence left to us of ancient times and therefore useful to archaeologists as a means of classification. Pottery handmade at first, until the invention of the potters wheel which was a turn table, known as the slow wheel in which the revolving disc was supported on a pivot. The earliest examples found in Greece have been found a Myrtos, in Eastern Crete; they were flat on one side and convex on the other. The pots were turned by hand while being shaped. Later when the fast potters wheel was introduced the pottery, vases were thrown and built up with the force coming from the rotation of the fast wheel itself.

Pottery in the Neolithic and early Minoan period was made by hand.

Minoan 1 –  Round bottom jugs with beaked spouts appear including bowls on pedestals, decorated with linear pattern and painted red or brown on a yellow background. ( Hagious  Onouphrios Ware )     Another shape of the time is a tall chalice with a burnished decoration known as (Pyrgos Ware). But the best of the early Minoan ll phase 2600- 2300 BC is the mottled Vasiliki Ware. This being one of my favourites.  There are also Monochrome vessels. The decoration is dark-a dull red or brown varnish on a light background. Patterns are hatched triangles , concentric semicircles and lattice work. There are a variety of shapes, spouts are now shorter ,handles round, and bases flatter.The earliest clay vases made with the wheel are assigned to the middle Minoan l B phase. It is thought until then women were the potters.

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Vasilki Ware Jug. Early Minoan.

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Minoan jar with three handles Vasiliki Ware. 1600-1500 BC

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Vasiliki Ware Teapot and cup

 

 

 

Now, together with the early palaces appears the most beautiful Cretan pottery, the well known polychrome “Kamares  Ware”

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Selection of Kamares Ware cups 1800-1700 BC Heraklion Museum

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Kamares Ware Jar.

 

 

 

 

 

The early stages of the second palaces (Middle Minoan lll 1700-1550 BC)  uses more or less the same forms of decoration as in the previous period but is beginning to decline Even though a fine vessel from Pachiammos  decorated with dolphins was discovered there was still a decline from the standard decoration.

Later,dark on light decoration becomes more popular. Cups now have a larger handle and a more spreading rim which becomes flaring for the handle-less  examples with a swelling body. above a rather  sharp base. Later cups become shallower and having a low pedestal. Another shape is a small elongated storage jar, with an oval mouth with various handles or a beaked spout and three handles meeting the rim. Now the Greek art is a feature extravagant of the second palaces. The dark on light decoration-  dark red and black paint-often glossy ,with  occasional white paint used for details on a fine yellowish background, gradually prevails the light on dark style and becomes popular for years to come.

 

After 1400 BC the late Minoan lll period the pottery of the Mycenaean Empire dominates, the manufacture is of the best quality. The designs are made in lustrous paint ranging from black to brown with occasional white colour for details. Decoration consists of arcs and dots and stripes. A characteristic shape at this time is the stirrup jar. Another shape is the tall-stemmed drinking goblet –  Kylix .

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Long Stemmed drinking goblet. Kylix.

 

 

 

The Late Minoan 1 period  brings us into the Marine Style featuring dolphins and many other marine life decoration.

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Marine style Piriform Jar Late Minoan.

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Marine style vase Late Minoan

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Marine style ritual Rhyton  Late Minoan.

There are many more Minoan pottery shapes to explore but are too numerous to include on my blog  However  I hope it is enough to wet the appetites of those interested.

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Rita Roberts working on Minoan pottery shards at the  Instapec Study Center for East Crete.

Further reference:

The History of Minoan Pottery By Phillip P .Betancourt.

Higgins. R. Minoan and Mycenaean Art London 1967

Alexiou. S. Minoan Civilization, Herakleion 1967

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

 
 
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