This intensive two-week course, based on site-visits, lectures, seminars and practical classes, introduces students to the Linear B script used in the Late Bronze Age Aegean and to its value in enriching our interpretation of this period largely known through archaeology. It focuses on developing basic skills in writing and reading Linear B documents, exploring the workings of the administrative system that the script supported, and on the insights into economy, society and material production that data on the documents can offer in combination with archaeological data. It includes visits to the Mycenaean Palaces of Mycenae and Tiryns, as well as the Thebes Museum and the sites of Orchomenos and Gla, plus a class in the National Museum’s Prehistoric collection. The course aims to give students a first-hand appreciation of the materiality of documents written in a syllabic script on clay and give students an appreciation of the role Linear B has played in the history of interpretation of the Late Bronze Age Aegean. By the end of this module students will have the ability to read with ease documents written in the Linear B script, an understanding of the practicalities of writing on clay and the ability critically to contextualise the information offered by Linear B documents within a wider understanding of the social and material worlds of the Late Bronze Age Aegean.
The course fee is £750. This includes BSA one-month membership, housing where self-catering facilities are available, breakfast, meals as specified in the program, required travel within Greece, museum and site fees, one-year museum pass, one-month 24h access to the BSA library. Not included are: international airfare to and from Greece and meals not included in the program. Incidental expenses are the participant’s responsibility.
The course is limited to 12 places, and open to students of any university pursuing postgraduate study at doctoral, Masters or Diploma level.
The course will take place 30 June – 12 July 2024 in Athens, Greece.
Application deadline is 31 March 2024. Applicants should make sure that two references are sent to the assistant director at firstname.lastname@example.org by the application deadline, with the subject ‘Linear B course reference’.
Please see below for a course programme and flyer.