CREWS at the Cambridge Science Festival 2017!

UntitledIt’s been a busy week for the CREWS Project. We’ve just held our first conference – Understanding Relations Between Scripts II: Early Alphabets – which we’ll be writing more about soon, but before that, last weekend we took part in the Cambridge Science Festival at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

The Science Festival is a major event giving the public the chance to find out more about the research that goes on at Cambridge. There are countless talks and events all across the University, aimed at a broad range of audiences. In particular, the Science Festival attracts families and small children, so we were keen to be involved and to share our enthusiasm for ancient writing.

Continue reading “CREWS at the Cambridge Science Festival 2017!”

Advertisements

Another School Visit

We’ve been doing a bit more outreach this week on the CREWS Project as Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet came to visit the Faculty of Classics. After a morning looking round the Museum of Classical Archaeology they joined us for a talk about writing in the ancient world.

I kicked things off with a look at some of the different types of writing systems that exist and an introduction to Mesopotamian and Ugaritic varieties of cuneiform and the early history of the alphabet.

dsc_0038_01_hdr_mode_1

Continue reading “Another School Visit”

The first CREWS school visit!

There was a lovely opportunity to spread my enthusiasm about ancient writing this week as the CREWS project hosted its first school visit, when a group from Ardingly College came to see us in Cambridge.

1

After a talk from me on how we can study ancient writing systems, my colleague Matthew Scarborough showed them some of the inscriptions in Classics Faculty’s Museum of Classical Archaeology (also known as the ‘Cast Gallery’).

2

It’s always a pleasure talking about ancient writing and why it matters, and I’m looking forward to future school visits and activities as the project develops. Schools interested in visiting us are very welcome to get in touch to make arrangements!

Look out for further posts in the next few days with some exciting announcements about the project team – and in the near(ish) future some more information on school resources and how you can get involved in the project.

 

~ Pippa Steele (Principal Investigator of the CREWS project)