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What to write with? Styli for clay tablets in the ancient Aegean and eastern Mediterranean

25 Nov
What to write with? Styli for clay tablets in the ancient Aegean and eastern Mediterranean

My research has taken a fun turn towards practical experiments lately, as some of our Twitter followers may have noticed. It isn’t just because I wanted to get away from the computer (though I did…); it’s because I have been working on a problem where direct evidence is scarce and/or difficult to interpret, and where experimentation is surprisingly elucidating.

1.jpg My work on a replica Cypro-Minoan tablet.

We know that during the Bronze Age a number of civilisations around the eastern Mediterranean were using clay to write on. From Mesopotamian cuneiform to Linear A and B in the Aegean, people found that this reusable natural resource provided a vital tool for making records. But they didn’t all use it in the same way, and they didn’t all use the same implements or methods to write on it – instead traditions of writing display considerable regional differences, whether or not there might…

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Posted by on November 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “What to write with? Styli for clay tablets in the ancient Aegean and eastern Mediterranean

  1. nutsfortreasure

    November 26, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    How many of you do this type of work would you guess?

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