About Me

I am a retired Archaeologist.  English, now living on the Island of Crete, Greece. I have worked on ancient Minoan pottery in Crete. I like reading books about Archaeology ,Geology, Anthropology History and Autobiography’s. I also like to collect fossils.

Since first writing this post “About Me”  I have been studying the Ancient Mycenaean Linear B Script Writings and have gained my first Diploma. I am now at University level hoping to gain a B A degree.


43 responses to “About Me

  1. janie.davrados1

    March 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Rita you are a wonderful lady xxxx janie


  2. Brian Carlin

    July 29, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Just stumbled across your blog… Had been looking for stuff related loosely to archaeology for my boy , who’s about to start a course at Glasgow uni of archaeology and classics…. And found this… Really enjoyed the range of your pieces/interests…. Especially on the barkhamstead lighthouse”. .. Look forward to reading more 🙂


    • ritaroberts

      July 29, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Thankyou for following my blog Brian. Good luck to your son with his archaeological studies. Its a fascinating subject with many spinoffs to choose once all examines are completed.


  3. nutsfortreasure

    July 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I have nominated you for an award 🙂 Congrats come get it here!


  4. Garry Hayes

    September 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks for the comment over at Geotripper about Chaco. You have a great blog here.


    • ritaroberts

      September 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Thankyou Gary.I enjoy your blog also.Looking forward to your next post.


  5. hilal achmar

    September 30, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I also like archeology, anthropology and geology for several reasons: 1. Because in my country Indonesia lot of heritage. There Borobudur temple in Central Java, which was built in 825, and is one of the 10 wonders of the world. 2. There is a temple in the site Pecandian in West Java, which was built in the 2nd century. Then there are sites in the town of Mojokerto, East Java, famous for its ancient human fossils, Pithecanthropus Mojokertensis. All of that, I use to find my origins, my lineage, and I find my ancestors, more than 100 generations ago …….. Science. there is always a point …. I enjoyed your blog and your posts Ritaroberts …. 🙂


    • ritaroberts

      October 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks for your kind comments. I will look up some of your history.Thanks for the info.


  6. Elizabeth

    November 19, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Hello Ritar, I found your blog from your comments about the Gebelein Mummy on British Museum website. I’m a journalism student from City University London. I’m now doing this mummy exhibition story (as an assignment), so I need visitors’ comments and opinions. It’s just for personal use, I promise that I won’t publish it anywhere and I actually nowhere to publish even though I want to. 🙂 Could you please do me a favour to talk more about the interacted exhibition? How do you feel when you you used the technique to look at inside mummy? What have you learned? Thank you very much! If it is possible, please reply me before today’s noon (19th November). I can’t be more grateful!


    • ritaroberts

      November 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      Sorry I have been out most of the day so could not reply to your question. Good luck anyway.


  7. nutsfortreasure

    November 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Rita I have Blog of The Year 2012 Award waiting for you when you have a moment to collect it


    • ritaroberts

      November 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      O.K. Many thanks Eunice.


      • nutsfortreasure

        November 24, 2012 at 7:06 pm



  8. Sally Ainslie

    March 10, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Dear Rita – The Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society (AAAHS) are looking for an illustration to advertise our forthcoming talk on production, distribution and use of salt in the British Iron Age. Do you have the copyright on the image you used in your Dec 2011 article on Iron Age salt making in Droitwich and if so may we use it for our poster?


  9. hspheritage

    April 2, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    You collect fossils too? I will never be able to drag myself away…


  10. Marta de Oliveira

    May 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Hi! I’m studying about old european civilization’s religion, and I’ve found some informations about a ritual party in Skoteino cave. It’s been hard for me to find informations in English about it. Can you give me some information? Your blog is amazing!


    • ritaroberts

      May 29, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      Hello Marta. If you GOOGLE.. Aegean Prehistoric Archaeology Lesson 15 Minoan Religion, you should find the information you are looking for about Ritual Eating and Drinking. There is lots about caves also Skoteino Cave. Let me know if you need more.


  11. Kelly M

    November 9, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Hi Rita,

    Not sure if you’ve received this award before but I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. Details can be found here –

    Have a lovely weekend,


    Liked by 1 person

    • ritaroberts

      November 10, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Hi Kelly, Thanks for nominating me. I will try and follow the instructions so as to accept you kind award. Rita.


  12. Marie

    December 14, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Hi Rita! I am a student, and I am doing some research for a project. Throughout your work, have you ever come across a type of clay or ceramic called pygg? I’ve never heard of such thing, and I wondered if you have either. Thanks!


    • ritaroberts

      December 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Hi, Marie, Yes ! A pygg is a type of orange clay, once used for making pottery in the forms of jars. A Piggy bank was originally a pygg jar. Later the word “pygg) became less common and its sound was interpreted as ‘Pig; only then did piggy banks actually begin to be made in the shape of a pig. These were made for people to be able to save their money in. I hope this answers your question. If you have any other query I will be happy to answer the best I can. Good luck with your project.


  13. whocouldknowthen

    January 12, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    when i was very young i had a very secret desire to be an archaeologist, i never told anyone and never followed up on it preferring to draw and paint. i imagine it’s incredibly rewarding. just wanted to visit a bit to ty for liking my poetry Rita, encouragement is always really appreciated.


  14. Nomzi Kumalo

    April 2, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    How exciting. Fabulous. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  15. lynnegentry

    May 30, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Rita, we have a curiosity of Rome in common. I discovered you via Pinterest. I am an author who would love to chat with you about the profession of archaeology.


    • ritaroberts

      May 30, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Hi Lynne. I would love to chat with you about these times. Maybe it would be best I have your email address,we can chat more then.


  16. lynnegentry

    May 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Rita, I’m looking forward to talking with you. If would would please contact me through There’s a place on my website to send me an email. Thanks.


  17. Liz Leafloor

    September 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Hello there Rita,
    This is Liz from, a popular archaeology and history site.
    I’m hoping we can connect about your great blog. We feel that our audience would be interested in the information your website has to offer and so we would like to place a link to your website on our page.
    Please either contact me through WordPress profile, or send us a line at the website.
    Subject : Liz Connect


    Liked by 1 person

    • ritaroberts

      September 25, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Hello Liz, Thanks you for your nice comments regarding my blog and your invitation to link with you. My blog address is as follows
      http://WWW.RITAROBERTS.WORDPRESS.COM but you are quite welcome to re blog any posts which are of interest to you. I see you have a post about the Phaistos disc of which the translation is still unsolved. However, I am currently studying the Minoan Linear B ancient script writings which is a very interesting subject. I will check out your blog again.


  18. Katherine Lopez

    June 3, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Hello, I came across your blog after entering the term blue dash into Google. Glad I did, as I found many examples of antique porcelain and learned more about the subject from all the information and photographs you provided. However, I am back to my original search, the blue dash. I have a beautiful antique dish that has a blue dash as the only hallmark. Would you happen to know of any maker that used a blue dash as a mark? Any information greatly appreciated.


    • ritaroberts

      June 5, 2015 at 8:19 am

      Hello Kathryn, sorry for the delay in answering your enquiry. With regard to your antique dish.- Firstly what is the colour of your dish and is there any other mark besides the blue dash on the bottom. Look closely inside the rim for any initials or numbers. Is it blue and white. If you can describe it a little more maybe I can help. Good luck.


  19. Manthos

    August 8, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Such a wonderful and interesting blog! Hope you enjoy your life in Crete – Best Regards!

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Joy

    October 6, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Hello. I have enjoyed reading your blog and hope to read more. I appreciate you giving us the benefit of your knowledge. I have been trying to research my local area and its prehistoric connections, which is a long-term job. Please could you help by telling me the approx age of undecorated flat-based Beaker pots in England and whether intact finds are common? I’m finding it hard to answer this myself. Also, what would be the age of flat-based collared Beaker pots with simple decoration (one with comb/dots around the top and one with simple impressed chevrons all over)? They have a crude appearance compared with the ‘smart’ ones I’ve seen online and so I image they are earlier – would this be correct? These were with inhumations on the NE coast that also contained flints – sadly everything was destroyed except the pots. Do you know anything at all about so-called “giant” inhumations in GB or northern Europe? One inhumation here with the pots and flints was of a “giant” in a very large cist made from solid black slabs of local stone described as having an unusual skull (all destroyed bar the pots). I have only so far found another like this described in similar terms in Avebury of a very large male (also destroyed) described as having bones as robust as an ox. Anything you could tell me would help. I am continuing my research into the fascinating Beaker people – especially the “giant” ones and their origin.


  21. Fotis

    July 24, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Hello Rita,

    Sorry, I didn’t find a contact form to write to you, so you don’t need to post this message on your blog.
    I wanted to ask you if you know where I can find a photo of the tablets where the name of Dionysus was first read on them.
    I have found several places on the internet they write about it, for two tablets from Pylos and one from Knossos, but never seen an actual photo of them.
    I’m doing my research about Dionysus and the origins of his teachings and I would really appreciate your help if you know about these tablets.

    Kind regards,


    • ritaroberts

      July 25, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      Hello Fotis, I have translated some of the Linear B tablets referring to the dieties but unfortunately not of Dionysus as yet. However, I have one or two connections so will try for some information and let you know. If you would like to leave me your e mail address I can contact you there.
      Best wishes


  22. John Murray clegg

    January 14, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Thank you Rita. I have a notion of a story in my head concerning the late Bronze Age and want to get the underlying facts as correct as possible. This has been a great help, John..

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Fi

    August 16, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Just started a challenge called 100 pots in 100 days where I am using the history of pottery to influence my designs and try to make people more aware of the fantastic resources we have in the UK. I stumbled across your blog while I was researching and have linked to your information. Thank you so much for your time and effort.

    I am just at the start and def not a historian or archaeologist. Just what I needed. Very readable.


    Liked by 1 person

  24. ritaroberts

    August 16, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Hello, Thank you for your nice comments. Yes I agree about wonderful resources in England. Good luck with your challenge.



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