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Digitizing Prehistory: Aegean Scripts in the 21st Century
October 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm MDT
Boulder, CO 80309 United States
Sponsored by: AIA Boulder Society
AIA Society: Boulder
In this lecture, Dr. Nakassis presents part of his long-running research project on prehistoric Aegean scripts. The Mycenaean palaces of the Greek Late Bronze Age (ca. 1300-1100 B.C.) made use of a sophisticated writing system called Linear B, which they inscribed on clay tablets and sealings. These documents are crucial to our understanding of these complex societies and shed light on everything from economy to religion. Dr. Nakassis co-directs a new project to digitally document Linear B tablets using of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and three-dimensional scanning, among other technologies, to create a comprehensive digital publication of these administrative documents that will be useful for scholars and the interested public alike.