Linear B The Mysterious Language By Elizabeth, Kate and Zander
O.K. everyone, decode this Linear B tablet now. Any luck yet? I have given you 15 seconds so you should have an answer. How are you going to do it? What does it say? Do you feel like a failure because you can't figure it out? Well, that's how Alice Kober and Michael Ventris felt when they first started deciphering.Without them, no one would know what the tablet says today. Let's not waste any more time waiting for you to figure it out and get on with the lesson.
The Language..... Kate
On ancient Crete, there were three types of writing, Pictures, Linear A and Linear B.
The pictures were used from 2,000-1,650 B.C. Only pictures of things.
Linear A was used from
1,750-1,450 B.C. Linear A was
mostly made up of lines.
(Linear A tablet)
Linear B was from 1,450-1,375
B.C. Linear B seemed to be a
less complex form of Linear A.
(Linear B tablet)
Why Linear B was Chosen to be Deciphered..........Kate
The language that archaeologists chose to decipher was Linear B, because it was the least confusing and looked the most like words we use today. Linear B has a syllable alphabet with a consonant to vowel or just a vowel like a,e,i,o,u or ja,je,ji,jo,ju. when they found Linear B, it was written on clay tablets that were preserved by a fire.
Linear B Alphabet ............Kate
The next page is the Linear B alphabet. You can find the syllables by using letters in the columns and rows.
For example, if you want to
find ma , you would look on
the m row and the a column.
In linear B the alphabet also has shapes/signs used to make words easier to understand.
Where Linear B was found......Zander
Linear B tablets were mainly found in the colossal castle known as Knossos. Linear B was also found in a castle on the south of Crete. This castle was called "Phaistos." It was written on disks there. The disks were perfectly formed and had perfect etches in them. The tablets in Knossos were closely related and looked almost exactly the same. It was still very odd though that Linear B was found on a castle that was very far away from Knossos. I think Phaistos was a completely different civilization that was taught how to write by the Minoans and then the Minoans conquered Phaistos and then the castle and territory became part of Crete.
Phaistos disk The Phaistos disk was very different from the clay tablets. First of all, it was written on a disk and not tablets. When I first saw the Phaistos disk, I thought that it could be a frisbee and the writing could be rewards for the athlete. The Phaistos disk is probably a heavy object and has a low probability of being a frisbee. (Phaistos) (Linear B Disk)
The Start of Deciphering Linear B .......Elizabeth
The decipherment of Linear B started when Sir Arthur Evans found some clay tablets with Linear B writing on them.Two people together deciphered Linear B. Those people were Alice Kober and Michal Ventris. Before they deciphered it, Linear B was considered a language impossible to crack.
(Knossos with Linear B tablets on it) (Sir Arthur Evans)
Alice Kober's Part in the Deciphering ..............................Elizabeth
Alice Kober started the deciphering by figuring out
that the alphabet of Linear B was made
of syllables, not letters.
Alice also figured out that
the syllables were made up of either
one vowel or one consonant
and then a vowel and also some
rules of the language.
Alice Kober's Chart
This is Alice Kober's chart of
Linear B syllables. She made
this when she was just starting
to grasp the syllables in it.
It shows how Linear B words
can have different endings.
Without this chart, Linear B
might never have been
Michal Ventris's Part in the Deciphering of Linear B..........Elizabeth
Alice Kober died soon after she started the decipherment of Linear B. However, Michal Ventris
was able to continue her work and
it was he who finished the decipherment.
Michal Ventris made new discoveries
about the language, like that there are
sometimes silent ' I 's is the word has an
odd number of letter.
Eventually, Michal Ventris
deciphered a few words. His vocabulary
grew until he had it fully deciphered. Both
Alice Kober and Michal Ventris made it
possible for us to be able to read what
was on those tablets today.
This is a video about the finding and
the deciphering of Linear B
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