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Dr Roeland Decorte specialises in the undeciphered Minoan writing systems (the Archanes Script, for which he created a new corpus [OJA 37:4], Cretan Hieroglyphic, for which a new corpus is under construction, and Linear A) as well as the origins of writing on Crete. An archaeologist and art historian by training, he has worked closely with fellow members and linguists in the Mycenaean Epigraphy Group to deconstruct what he considers to be the "sematographic basis" underlying all early Bronze Age Aegean writing systems. He currently supervises undergraduates in Art and Archaeology at the Faculty. 

Dr Yannis Galanakis is a Senior Lecturer in Classics (Classical Art & Archaeology). Yannis specializes in Aegean archaeology, with a particular interest in the Late Bronze Age societies and the integration of material, textual, historical and scientific-based research. Before joining Cambridge, he was the curator for the Aegean collections and the Sir Arthur Evans Archive at the Ashmolean Museum in the University of Oxford, where he led the team that installed the permanent gallery of the ‘Aegean World’ and the digitization of the museum’s Linear B tablets from Knossos using Reflectance Transformation Imaging technology.

Dr Anna Judson is a Research Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. Her PhD, entitled 'The Undeciphered Signs of Linear B', was completed in the Faculty of Classics in 2016; she is now working on a project studying the writing practices of the Mycenaean scribes.

 

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Professor John Killen is one of the world's leading experts in the interpretation of the Linear B tablets. He has written a great many articles which, through their combination of linguistic, archaeological, epigraphical and economic/historical expertise, have made a unique contribution to our understanding of the documents and the Mycenaean economy. He was a pupil of the late John Chadwick (who collaborated with Michael Ventris in the decipherment of Linear B), and has played a leading role in the publication of the Corpus of Mycenaean Inscriptions from Knossos and of the standard edition of the Knossos tablets in transcription. He is still very actively engaged in research in the Faculty.

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Dr Torsten Meißner is a specialist in Mycenaean and Greek linguistics. A comparative philologist by training, he has widely published in this area. Although concentrating on linguistic questions, he always takes a broader view and integrates data from all areas of Mycenaean studies so as to arrive at a comprehensive picture.

  

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Dr Philippa Steele is PI and Director of the ERC Funded CREWS project (Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems).  Previously a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty, she has worked on projects focused on the ancient Eastern Mediterranean, and regularly lectures for undergraduate and graduate courses related to the Mycenaean documents as well as Greek and Latin linguistics. She has published widely on Mycenaean epigraphy and economy, the development of Aegean writing systems and the languages and scripts of ancient Cyprus. 

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Dr Rupert Thompson is a Senior Lecturer in Classics (Philology and Linguistics) and a Fellow of Selwyn College. 

 

.Esther Salgarella

Dr Ester Salgarella is a Junior Research Fellow at St. John's College. Her research focuses on Bronze Age Aegean scripts, especially Linear A and Linear B. Her doctoral dissertation ('Aegean Linear Script(s): Rethinking the Relationship between Linear A and Linear B', Cambridge, 2018) explored the process of script adaptation from Linear A to Linear B on palaeographical and structural grounds. Her current research focuses on Linear A writing (palaeographical and structural analysis) and administrative practices, placed within their archaeological and socio-historical context.

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