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Saturday, April 2nd, 2011
1:33 pm
Inscriptions from Iklaina
I know this is about Linear B rather than Linear A, but such stories are rare in the popular press, so perhaps it merits attention here:

"Ancient tablet bears writing, to scientists' surprise"

"A 2-inch-by-3-inch clay tablet is older than expected — dating to 3,350 years ago — and is found at a site in Greece where researchers did not expect to find writing."

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
12:24 am
The solution to Linear A
If you skip ahead to about 14:00 you'll see that Linear A has now been deciphered, and it is in fact a dialect of Goa'uld. (The government is keeping this a secret, however.)

Thursday, August 26th, 2010
1:11 pm
new Linear A blog

RSS feed: feed://minoan.deaditerranean.com/?feed=rss2
Friday, July 16th, 2010
8:36 pm
Monday, March 29th, 2010
8:53 pm
"Aegean Collapse"
Here's an interesting video on the collapse of Minoan and other civilizations at the end of the Bronze Age:


It's in History Channel style, although I'm not sure of the original source.

What other good videos about this period are available now online?
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
3:06 pm
Linear A Decipherment
We live in a world where the selfless sharing of knowledge is no longer a virtue.

The more knowledge that you give away, the more will come to you. The more you hoard, the less you will accumulate. Be compassionate to others. What do you have to fear by being open?

- Deng Ming-Dao, 365 Tao: Daily Meditations

I've, as a strictly rogue element, been hobbyishly working on the decipherment of Linear A for the last five years.

I've hit a point where I want to discuss some of my work and theories and stuck points.

Are you game? I'm contacting folks from the Linear A groups on Facebook and a few of the academics who have published on the subject. If you're interested, send me an LJ message with your email address and I'll include you in any emails I send on the subject.
Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
11:22 am
NY & MA Museums?
I'm heading to New York and Massachusetts in October. Any museums I need to hit for interesting Minoan/Mycenaean-era artefacts?
Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
12:37 pm
Wednesday, September 6th, 2006
11:45 pm
recent trip to cycladic islands
here are just a few pics from my recent trip (june/july '06) to the cycladic islands. we hit tinos, naxos, mykonos, and thira (santorini).

Sunsent on Tinos

Beautiful waters on Mykonos. Every shade of blue and green.

Unfinished temple of Apollo on Naxos. This island was the diamond in the rough of the trip. Great historical homes, beautiful beaches, beautiful mitropolis.

Thira. The eruption in 17th century BC is theorized to have caused the fall of the Minoan civilization.

These photos do not capture the beauty of these islands.
Monday, August 28th, 2006
12:08 pm
Trip to Crete
There is a good chance I will be visiting Crete and the Cyclades in February of 2007. The big hurtle left is finding affordable lodging while I'm there. I hope to hit 10-20 of the archaelogical sites on Crete itself and will probably be playing the islands by ear, but the big ones are Santorini and Milos.

Any recommendations appreciated. Thanks!
Saturday, July 15th, 2006
3:23 am
creation/origin myths
Does anyone have any information on Minoan or Mycenaean creation myths, particularly on the origin of mankind?  I've browsed several pages on the subject of pre-Hellenic religion, and none seem to offer information beyond deities and their worship.   
Friday, July 7th, 2006
9:35 am
Dr. Patricia Weyer, Delphinology & Glass Minoan Art
I uncovered an unexpected delight last night at Seattle's Pioneer Square Art Walk.

I walked into a gallery of stunning glass vessels that in my Minoan-colored world looking like rythons and Ki to me. I turned a corner, took one look at the dolphins adorning a particularly lovely glass vessel, and smiled to myself - thinking how very much it looked like the Minoan fresco dolphins. I see Minoa in many things, so my associations are generally treated by me with a sense of internal joy and end there.

Then, I saw the title of the three pieces on the pedestal I was admiring: "Minoan Trio".

One should avoid jumping for joy in a gallery filled with glass, but I did anyway.

What's more, the artist was present, studies delphonology and has been to Crete. Her name is Dr. Patricia Weyer and you can read a little about her and her area of expertise at American Cetacean Society - Biography. I had to tear myself away from her so I wouldn't horde her while patrons were viewing her art, but I've promised myself to give her a call soon and take her out to lunch and just listen to all of her stories. She clearly has many to tell, and it's so good to finally connect with someone in Seattle who shares a passion for ancient Crete.

Seattle's magic is best described as a Small World City - if you strike up a conversation with a stranger on a bus, there's a good chance that she's your high school best friend's cousin or has studied the same obscure mathmatical theory that you based your thesis on at university. And last night, Seattle's magic put me in touch with someone who is really tapped into the Minoan undercurrent in Seattle.

The art show will be on display July 5 - July 29, 2006 in Seattle:

Gallery 110
110 S. Washington St.
Seattle, WA
Tues-Sat 12-5pm
Also by appointment

Current Mood: elated
Monday, February 13th, 2006
12:31 pm
Minoan fortifications and walls
Given the popular peaceful Minoa theories based on the lack of city walls, I was surprised to discover that several Minoan sites were fortified. Here's what I've found evidence of so far:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tripiti - has walls and is from Early Minoan II to Middle Minoan I era. Tripiti is in southern Crete.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hagia_Photia - Ayia (Hagia) Photia is foritified and is from the Middle Minoan (2050-1675BCE) era. Hagia Photia is on the northeastern end of Crete, west of Palaikastro. Evidence indicates that it was only in use during Middle Minoan IA.

...heard of any others?
Thursday, December 15th, 2005
1:27 pm
Kommos Excavation Site (excavation temporarily halted to preserve existing finds)

Thursday, November 17th, 2005
11:52 am
Minoan Seminar
Abstracts from the May 2005 Minoan Seminar:


Among other things, a new excavation on Kasos begins in 2006 and evidence of Minoans on Lemnos/Koukonisi.
Saturday, November 12th, 2005
4:32 pm
Minoan photographs
Just found this amazing site - last updated in 2002, photographs of many of the excavation sites on Crete by a resident. WOW.

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005
9:48 am
Minoan Vase and Fresco Reproductions
It's a small world...

I was recently studying the Theran frescoes and did a search on reproductions just to see if they were out there.

It turns out that http://www.eleganza.com, which does museum-quality reproductions of some Minoan pottery, and partials of the Knossos and Thera frescoes, is within walking distance of where I live.

I don't know what museum-quality means to some, but I tend to lean towards those who make efforts to keep archaeological finds as they are found instead of trying to fill in the missing pieces with educated guesses and imagination. Eleganza seems to be in the Sir Arthur Evans (fill in the missing pieces) camp. In spite of this, I was impressed with the quality of the reproductions, *especially* the Sacred Bull (L304 in their catalog).
Thursday, August 4th, 2005
3:27 pm
Minoan Caves and Peak Sanctuaries - Bibliography
I've just received Peak Sanctuaries and Sacred Caves in Minoan Crete by Donald W. Jones from our library's interlibrary loan. There is a remarkably useful bibliography on publications of the Minoan caves at the beginning that I wanted to copy out for future reference:

Sacred Caves
Faure 1964
Tyree 1974

Peak Sanctuaries
Dietrich 1969, 1971, 1973
Rutkowski 1971, 1972, 1986, 1988
Peatfield 1983, 1987, 1990
Nowicki 1994

Common Elements Among Caves
Rutkowski 1986 (Chap 4-5)
Marinatos 1993 (p 115-126)

Petsofas (Peak Sanctuary)
Myres 1902/03
Davaras 1972
Papadakis 1976
Rutkowski 1991

Juktas / Iouktas (Peak Sanctuary)
Karetsou 1974, 1981

Psychro / Diktaean Cave
Evans 1897
Hogarth 1900
Demargne 1902
Boardman 1961
Watrous 1996

Will fill in further details as I run across them.
Thursday, July 28th, 2005
4:03 pm
Mochlos Excavations in 2004-2005:
Wednesday, July 20th, 2005
1:48 pm
Arabian Nights - Myths that Echo Minoa?
When I was a little girl, Andrew Lang's version of Arabian Nights was my very favourite. I consider any edition of Arabian Nights which does not begin with Scheherazade's story to be sacrilege.

I was recently sharing this book with a friend, and came to "The Young King of the Black Isles".

Here is an excerpt which greatly excited my curiousity:

"You must know, sire, that my father was Mahmoud, the king of this country, the Black Isles, so called from four little mountains which were once islands, while the capital was the place where now the great lake lies."

This immediately made me think of Thera. I wonder where else there may be references to the Black Isles in ancient documents, and if these are known to be another set of islands, perhaps in the Red Sea or Arabian Sea...

Current Mood: fascinated
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