CREWS Interview in French Magazine

Those of you who read French may be interested to read a brief interview that I gave for the magazine Science et Vie:

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L’invention de l’alphabet: 3 questions à Philippa Steele, responsable du projet CREW de l’université de Cambridge

The interview is part of a longer feature on the development of alphabetic systems, which appears in full in the print version of the magazine.

In the near future there will be another blog post on this topic – watch this space.

 

~ Pippa Steele (Principal Investigator of the CREWS project)

Mayan Glyphs as a Writing System

Firstly, let me welcome any new readers who have come over from Twitter (where the project now has a presence as @crewsproject). For this post we are going on an exotic excursus away from the Mediterranean, to ancient(ish) Mesoamerica.

Recently I had the pleasure of attending a seminar on Mayan glyphs, given by Steve Houston (of Brown University). It struck me that Mayan provides a fascinating alternative view of the concept of writing – ‘alternative’ because it seems in many ways counter-intuitive, not only to a modern literate person, but even to someone like me who has been working on ancient writing systems for years.

 

San Bartolo mural

Figure 1. Mural from San Bartolo, with glyphs top left. One of the earliest examples of Mayan writing, c.100 BC.

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CREWS PhD Studentship

I am happy to announce that the advertisement for a PhD studentship on the CREWS project has now gone live:

 

PhD Studentship on the Early Greek Alphabet

 

This is a fully funded studentship, and the successful candidate will begin a PhD on the early development of the Greek alphabet in October 2016. Interested parties should read in detail the information given on the page linked to above, which explains the application process.

 

Please note that due to restrictions of funding, the studentship is open to UK/EU nationals only.