Category: LINEAR B


KONOSO, the Journal of Aegean Bronze Age Studies


KONOSO the Journal of Aegean Bronze Age Studies

KONOSO, the Journal of Aegean Bronze Age Studies, is an academic journal in the field of Bronze Age studies focused on the Bronze Age syllabaries Minoan Linear A, Mycenaean Linear B and Arcado-Cypriot Linear C, as well as on the Bronze Age civilizations in Minoan Crete, with specific reference to the Minoan capital, Knossos, and to Mycenae and the Mycenaeans.  Aegean studies on the Cycladic civilization and pre-Minoan and Mycenaean studies are also covered. To be updated, more to come. This is merely a tentative introductory text. Richard Vallance and Alexandre Solcà

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summer haiku d'été - the teal Pacific = la Pacifique verte




the teal Pacific
so far below the cliff
makes our heads spin 

la Pacifique verte
bien en dessous de la falaise -
nous sommes éblouis

il Pacifico verde
sotto la scogliera
ci abbaglia

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par/ di Richard Vallance 1995
 

summer haiku d' été – aureate sunset = coucher du soleil

oh the sunset
over this wilderness lake  –
hush listen hush




coucher du soleil
sur ce lac forestier  –
entends le silence

Richard Vallance

photo © by Richard Vallance


autumn haiku – a twirling leaf = une feuille qui tournoie


 

a twirling leaf
alights on my hand –
colour sonata

une feuille qui tournoie
so pose dans ma main –
sonate de couleurs

una foglia rossa
sulla mia mano -
sonata di colore

Richard Vallance



senryu – a jackdaw = un choucas


senryu – a jackdaw = un choucas

a jackdaw
envisioning
himself




alternate English:

a jackdaw
envisions
himself

un choucas
qui envisage
lui-même

Richard Vallance


senryu - your uncanny eyes = tes yeux troublants

your uncanny eyes
in a charcoal print
in search of...




épreuve de charbon,
tes yeux troublants
à la recherche de ...

Richard Vallance

Cats in the Aegean Scripts


I just discovered that it is International Cat Day – which is unusually relevant to my research at the moment! But why should someone who works on ancient writing be so interested in cats all of a sudden? Well, we need to travel back in time to the ancient Aegean to discover the reason.

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Cretan Hieroglyphic seal made of carnelian, showing a cat figure. Image from HERE.

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autumn haiku d’automne – the autumn breeze = la brise d’automne

the autumn breeze
vanishes –  
snowflakes




la brise d’automne
disparaît –
flocons de neige

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Richard Vallance 2017



Happy Birthday, Silhouette, my sweet Tuxedo cat, age 2, July 29 2019!














summer haiku d’été – the fresh breeze = la brise fraîche

the fresh breeze
running through your hair
my lover beau!





la brise fraîche
effleure tes cheuveux
mon bel amoureux !

Richard Vallance


summer haiku – with our first kiss = le premier baiser

with our first kiss
in the forest
we boys fall in love




le premier baiser
dans la forêt
nous sommes amoureux

Richard Vallance

For Wild Life Enthusiasts


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I thought my fellow bloggers would like to read something different for a change from my Linear B Studies . So this post is all about a very special gentleman,  Artist Ben  Waddams. Originally from Buckinghamshire South East England, Ben now lives in Shropshire England and is a successful British Wildlife Artist.

Ben also has a feature column in the Mid Wales Journal which I read every week, this is because my dear friend posts these papers to me from England to Crete, where I now live so that I keep up to date with what’s going on both in England and Wales.

Here Ben talks a little about his work.

Ben has lived in the United States for many years on several different occasions and traveled in search of  exotic wildlife across Central America and Africa. “I have been lucky enough to have lived and  traveled through some truly mesmerizing area’s of the world and this is where I take my inspiration…

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summer haiku July 14 – all blue white and red = haiku d’été le 14 juillet  – bleu blanc et rouge

all blue white and red
on Bastille Day – 
flypast plumes





tout bleu blanc et rouge
le jour de la Bastille –
défilé aérien

Richard Vallance


summer haiku – a train whips past = un train en vitesse

a train whips past
a string of silos –
doppler effect




un train en vitesse
dépasse plusieurs silos –
l’effet doppler

Richard Vallance


winter haiku d’hiver - snow and smoke = la neige et la fumée

snow and smoke
trailing after the train
dust the forest hills




écoulées du train
la neige et la fumée
couvrent la forêt

Richard Vallance


summer haiku – the Amazon = l’Amazone

the Amazon
snakes by oxbow lakes –
poisonous snakes!





l’Amazone serpente
autour les lacs oxbow –
serpents venimeux !

Richard Vallance

summer haiku – the red, red rose = la rose si rouge


summer haiku – the red, red rose = la rose si rouge

the red, red rose
I cup in your hands  –
the blush on your cheeks




la rose si rouge
que je mets dans tes mains –
tes joues roses

Richard Vallance


The top of Minoan Linear A Tablet ZA 20 (Zakros) restored on academia.edu

Click on the link below to read this key contribution to research into Minoan Linear A tablets:





Minoan Linear A tablets appear to be classed in two primary areas of interest (a) agriculture, and more specifically, crops and grains and (b) religious and sacerdotal. It is to the former that we turn our attention in this study. Focusing on certain Linear A tablets which deal primarily or almost exclusively with grains, we find that these three tablets yield the most promising results, Haghia Triada tablets HT 86 & 95 and Zakros tablet ZA 20. While HT 86 and HT 95 are intact, ZA 20 is not. Other Linear A tablets from Haghia Triada also contribute to our findings.





Is it possible to envision an intact version of the original ZA 20 tablet from Zakros? We believe so, and with that firmly in mind we have attempted the first ever restoration of the top of ZA 20, resulting in what amounts to a plausible intact version, however hypothetical, of the original.  So without further ado, we present the full restoration of our version of Linear A tablet ZA 20.





Exploring the origins of the apple


Ancientfoods

Wild apples

Recent archaeological finds of ancient preserved apple seeds across Europe and West Asia combined with historical, paleontological, and recently published genetic data are presenting a fascinating new narrative for one of our most familiar fruits. The apple was originally spread by ancient megafauna and later as a process of trade along the Silk Road. When previously separated varieties came into contact, hybridization and grafting allowed for the development of the varieties that we know today.

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