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Dr Anna Judson

Dr Anna Judson

Research Fellow, Gonville & Caius College

Gonville & Caius College
Trinity Street
Cambridge
CB2 1TA

Research Interests

Writing systems of the Bronze Age Aegean and Cyprus, with a particular focus on the Linear B script and Mycenaean Greek.

My PhD thesis, entitled ‘The Undeciphered Signs of Linear B’, was a study of the small group of Linear B signs whose sound-values are still unknown, combining a reanalysis of their possible values with investigations into the creation and development of the Linear B script, as well as explorations of the broader implications of palaeographic analysis of the script for our understanding of the context in which it was written.

My postdoctoral research project focuses on analysing the writing practices of the scribes responsible for the Linear B tablets: I am studying features such as handwriting and spelling and their variation between and within different scribal hands and different sites in order to gain a better understanding of the scribes’ work within the Mycenaean palaces’ administrative systems.

I am also a member of the Mycenaean Epigraphy Group and a Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

 

Key Publications

The Linear B inscribed stirrup jars’, Kadmos 52:1, pp. 69-110 (2013)

The mystery of the Mycenaean “labyrinth”: the value of Linear B pu2 and related signs’, Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici Nuova Serie 3 (2017), pp.53-72        

Processes of script adaptation and creation in Linear B: the evidence of the “extra” signs’, in P.M. Steele (ed.), Understanding Relations Between Scripts: the Aegean Writing Systems (Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2017), pp.111-26

Palaeography, administration, and scribal training: a case-study’, in H. Landenius Enegren & M.-L. Nosch (eds), Aegean Scripts. Proceedings of the 14th International Colloquium on Mycenaean Studies, Copenhagen, 2-5 September 2015, Incunabula Graeca CV.I-II (Roma: CNR-ISMA, 2017), pp.193-208

The decipherment: people, process, challenges’, in A. Christophilopoulou, Y. Galanakis, & J. Grime (eds), Codebreakers & Groundbreakers (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 2017: catalogue of exhibition held Oct 2017-Feb 2018), pp.15-29

CaLIBRA: Cambridge Linear B Research Archive (database of photographs, with T. Meißner and R.J.E. Thompson; University of Cambridge, 2017)

 

 

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Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

Apr 25, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

May 16, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

Jun 06, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Athens: Economy & Democracy Conference (in honour of P. Millett)

Jul 09, 2020

Faculty of Classics and Downing College, Cambridge

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