Ancient writing systems in the Mediterranean

A critical guide to electronic resources


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  1. 2013-11-26

    Mesopotamia civilisation writing found in Oman

    First cuneiform writing of the Mesopotamia civilization was found during archaeological excavations being carried out by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture of Oman in association with the University of Bologna, Italy, in Dibba, Musandam. A necklace or a talisman with the design of an eye was found during the excavations bearing the name of a Mesopotamian goddess worshipped during the 2nd millennium BC.

  2. 2013-11-13

    LiBER. A digitization project of Linear B texts

    Since November 2013 a first version of the website "Liber | Linear B Electronic Resources" is online. The LiBER project, launched by the National Research Council’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean (CNR-ISMA) and developed by Maurizio Del Freo and Francesco Di Filippo, aims at producing an updated electronic edition of Linear B texts with the addition of a search engine specifically designed for the treatment of logo-syllabic scripts. At present, the database contains all the Linear B documents from Mycenae, Tiryns and Midea. The database contains texts in transcription and photographs and includes information about scribes, findspots, chronologies and museums. The search engine allows to perform complex queries, the results of which can be displayed as indexes of words, lists of documents or groups of findspots.

    (M.Del Freo)
  3. 2013-10-15

    Mnamon seminar

    On October 29th at 11.30 a.m. in Scuola Normale Superiore, Bianchi-scienze Conference Room, Palazzo Carovana, a seminar will be held by Daniele Salvoldi. The title of the seminar is : "The Deeds of Shuppiluliuma and the Amarna letters as sources for the end of the 18th dynasty: an Egyptological perspective".
    Live video streaming will be available via starting at 11.30 a.m.

  4. 2013-08-26


    The workshop «LautSchriftSprache III», Third International Conference on Comparative Historical Graphemics (Variation within and among writing systems: old & new concepts and methods in the analysis of ancient written documents), will take place in Verona, from September 25th to 28th 2013. Program available here.
  5. 2013-07-25

    Fragmentary linear alphabetic inscription found in Jerusalem

    During recent excavations in Jerusalem, an inscribed pithos (large jar) engraved with a fragmentary linear alphabetic inscription was found. According to the first news, the inscription could be classified as proto-Canaanite (or Early alphabetic) as it dates to the 11th-10th Cent. BCE. Photo of the jar fragment and more news can be found here:
  6. 2013-06-19

    Mnamon seminars

    On June 24th starting at 11,30 a.m. in Scuola Normale Superiore, Bianchi-scienze conference room, Palazzo della Carovana, two seminars will be held:
    Daniele Maras
    "Lemnio: lo stato della questione e le ultime novità" at 11,30 a.m.;
    "Qualche appunto su lingua e scrittura dei Falisci" at 12,15 p.m.

    Live video streaming will be available via starting at 11,30 a.m. (A.Russo)
  7. 2013-06-11


    Syllabic Writing on Cyprus and its Context, edited by Philippa M. Steele (Cambridge 2013): for the first time, a treatment of the Cypriot syllabic scripts of the 2nd and 1st millennia BCE, by distinguished specialists of Cypriot language, epigraphy and history. See here for an overview.
  8. 2013-05-31

    Oldest complete Torah Scroll

    Professor Mauro Perani from the University of Bologna says he has found the oldest complete Hebrew scroll of the Torah (Pentateuch), when editing the new catalogue of Hebrew manuscripts in the Library of the University of Bologna. The scroll, previously dated to the 18th century, has now been dated to a period between the end of the 12th century and the beginning of the 13th (1155-1225) on paleographical bases and after two carbon-14 dating tests.
    More details can be found on the University of Bologna Bulletin
    (P. Merlo)
  9. 2013-02-15


    The Workshop on Translation and Bilingualism in Ancient Near Eastern texts will take place in Oxford, Wolfson College, from March 14th to 16th 2013. More information here.
  10. 2013-02-15


    The first volume of the study by Silvia Ferrara on Cypro-Minoan has been published : Cypro-Minoan Inscriptions. Volume 1 : Analysis (Oxford 2012), on which see the BMCR review; the second volume presenting the corpus of texts is expected to be published in 2013.

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