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Principal Investigator of  Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems (CREWS)

Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge

Senior Research Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge

ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0003-3109-265X


CREWS research

My main project involves the development of and relationships between the syllabic writing systems of the ancient Aegean, especially Cretan Hieroglyphic, Linear A and Linear B. I am especially interested in the context of usage of each of these writing systems, for instance differences between administrative and non-administrative writing, the nature and extent of literacy and the effects that writing context can have on the composition of a script.

I also work on the early development of the Greek alphabet, which provides a stimulating parallel to the development of Linear B, since they were both adapted to write Greek, but from scripts used for different non-Greek languages. My work often draws on ideas developed during previous projects when I worked extensively on the languages and writing systems of ancient Cyprus – an island that will always be close to my heart.


Previous roles

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge (‘The History of the Greek Language in the Eastern Mediterranean’) (2012-16)

Evans-Pritchard Lecturer, All Souls, Oxford (2014)

Henry Lumley Junior Research Fellow in Classics, Magdalene College, Cambridge (2010-16)

Research Assistant to the Senior Tutor (Prof. Robin Osborne) at King’s College, Cambridge (2009-10)


Other interests

Other than writing systems, academic interests include ancient multilingualism and cultural contact, the economy and history of the Mycenaean world, dialectology, island studies and Latin literature (especially Virgil’s Aeneid).

Away from academia, I enjoy anything crafty (everything from my speciality, making jewellery, to recreating favourite TV shows and films in Lego), photography and quizzes.




Writing and Society in Ancient Cyprus, Cambridge (2018).

Understanding Relations Between Scripts: The Aegean Writing Systems, Oxford (2017).

A Linguistic History of Ancient Cyprus: The Non-Greek Languages, and their Relations with Greek, c.1600-300 BC, Cambridge (2013).

Syllabic Writing on Cyprus and its Context, Cambridge (2013).


(With Torsten Meißner) ‘From Linear B to Linear A: The problem of the backward projection of sound values’ in Steele, P.M. (ed.) Understanding Relations Between Scripts: The Aegean Writing Systems, Oxford (2017), 93-110.

‘Writing ‘systems’: Literacy and the transmission of writing in non-administrative contexts’ in Jasink, E.M., Weingarten, J. and Ferrara, S. (eds.) Non-scribal Communication Media in the Bronze Age Aegean and Surrounding Areas: The semantics of a-literate and proto-literate media, Periploi 9, Firenze (2017), 81-100.

‘Other pre-alphabetic scripts of Crete and Cyprus’ in Galanakis, Y., Christophilopoulou, A. and Grime, J. (eds.) Codebreakers and Groundbreakers, Cambridge (2017), 43-51.

(With Torsten Meißner) ‘Linear A and Linear B: Structural and contextual concerns’ in Nosch, M-.L. and Landenius Enegren, H. (eds.) Aegean Scripts. Proceedings of the 14th Mycenological Colloquium 2-6 September, Copenhagen 2015, Incunabula Graeca Vol. CV, 1, Rome (2017), 99-114.

‘Aegean and Cypriot script reforms: Ruptures and continuities’, BICS 59.1 (2016), 136-7.

‘A linguistic approach to population movements to ancient Cyprus’ in Maguire, R. and Chick, J. (eds.) Approaching Cyprus, Cambridge (2016), 2-17.

‘Distinguishing between Cypriot scripts: Steps towards establishing a methodology’, Kadmos 53 (2014), 129-48.

‘The /d/, /t/, /l/ and /r/ series in Linear A and B, Cypro-Minoan and the Cypriot Syllabary’, Pasiphae 8 (2014), 189-96.

‘The mystery of ancient Cypriot clay balls’, British Academy Review 24 (2014), 60-3.

‘The Greek Writing Systems’, in G.K. Giannakis (ed.) Encyclopedia of Greek Language and Linguistics, Leiden (2013/4), 140-6 .

‘The Diversity of the Cypro-Minoan Corpus’ in Carlier, P. et al. (eds.) Études mycéniennes 2010. Actes du XIIIe colloque international sur les textes égéens, Pisa-Rome (2012), 537-544.

‘’Legality’ and Mycenaean Scribes’ in Kyriakidis, E. (ed.) Proceedings of the International Colloquium “The Inner Workings of the Mycenaean Bureaucracy”, University of Kent, Canterbury, 19-21 September 2008, Pasiphae 5, Pisa-Rome (2011), 119-26.

‘Eteocypriot: Linguistic and Archaeological Evidence’, in Georgiou, A. (ed.), Cyprus: an island culture. Society and Social Relations from the Bronze Age to the Venetian Period, Oxford (2011), 122-32.

‘’Gaps’ in Literacy: Social responses to economic crisis in the Late Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean’, Archaeological Review from Cambridge 26.1 (2011), 53-63.

(With Markus Egetmeyer) ‘A New Archaic and Possibly Cypriot Inscription from Cilicia’, Kadmos 49 (2010), 127-32.

‘Methodology in Mycenaean Prosopography: The Use of Names as Evidence’, Kadmos 48 (2009), 93-106.

‘A Comparative Look at Mycenaean and Near Eastern Bureaucracies: ‘Bilateral’ Documentation in the Linear B Archives?’, Kadmos 47 (2008), 31-49



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