Summary: The Decipherment Of Linear B

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Chadwick, J. 1958. The Decipherment of Linear B, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

In this article, Chadwick’s discussion is two-fold:
I. Interpretation of the Linear B tablet founded in Crete.
II. When the Minoan script of Linear A became extinct.
As suggested in this article, Evans hypothesises the script of Linear B was a modified form of the Minoan script Linear A. Thus, this article deduces that the decipherment of Linear B is the most important piece of archaeological evidence for the argument of a Mycenaean invasion, as it is generally believed it replaced the pre-existing Linear A script.

Cline, E. H. 2010. The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean (ca. 3000-1000BC), New York, Oxford University Press.

In this article Cline
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M. 2009. The kingdom of Mycenae: A Great Kingdom in the Late Bronze Age Aegean. University of Amsterdam, pp. 1-179.

In this article Kelder reviews two conflicting perspectives on the influence Mycenae had on the Minoan civilisation:
I. Sir Arthur Evans proposes that Mycenaean civilisation paid homage to the Minoan in facets such as religion, art and social organisation.
II. The Director of the British School Athens uses the evidence of Linear B archives found at the Palace of Knossos, signifying that there was a Mycenaean invasion of Crete.
This article is useful to my research, as Kelder discusses these perspectives of Minoan and Mycenaean influence in the Late Bronze Age, using contemporary sources. Thus, this article provides a fundamental discussion point for my evaluation of Mycenaean invasion on Crete, through the decipherment of Linear B tablets.

Lloyd, J. 1990. Settlements, dwellings and painted pottery: A contribution to the history of Minoan Crete in the early Late Bronze Age. pp.1234.

Lloyd in this literary work discusses scholars who have studied the remains of Minoan Civilisation in the Late Bronze Age. This work plays significant importance to my research as it examines building remains and pottery. These settlements are analysed based on architecture of buildings and artifacts found in these settlements. Thus, this will aid my research in providing evidence on the inhabitants of these
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Pratt, C.E. 2016. The Rise and Fall of the Transport Stirrup Jar in the Late Bronze Age Aegean. American Journal of Archaeology, vol.120, no.1, pp.27-66.

Pratt in this article implies through the evidence of pottery in both Crete and Mycenae, that both civilisations had a particularly close trade relationship. This article is imperative to my research, as it provides evidence for trade on the basis of two reasons:
I. During the final palatial period, Cretan centres may have been involved in a “political” economy directly tied to a new administrative body, linked to the supremacy of the Mycenaean culture.
II. The stirrup jar, distinctly Minoan in design, was generally believed to be used as a transport vessel, with a large quantity found in Mycenae.
Conclusively, the evidence of stirrup jars in Mycenae, coupled with a political economy influenced by Mycenaean authoritative bodies in Crete suggests a relationship based on political reasoning and trade due to Mycenaean

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