The first book I’ve worked on is now available. Understanding Relations Between Scripts II: Early Alphabets, edited by me and Philippa Steele, is the first book to emerge from the CREWS research project into ancient writing. It’s based on a conference held in 2017 and includes chapters from a number of experts on early writing.
Thanks to EU European Research Council funding, which also funded the conference this is based on and pays my wages, the whole thing is available open access. You can download it on the Publications page of this site.
If you’d prefer a physical copy, you can get those from the Oxbow website. They’re currently discounted!
Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems (CREWS) is a project funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 677758), and based in the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge. Understanding Relations Between Scripts II: Early Alphabets is the first volume in this series, bringing together ten experts on ancient writing, languages and archaeology to present a set of diverse studies on the early development of alphabetic writing systems and their spread across the Levant and Mediterranean during the second and first millennia BC. By taking an interdisciplinary perspective, it sheds new light on alphabetic writing not just as a tool for recording language but also as an element of culture.
Contents:AcknowledgementsAbbreviations1. Introduction: Issues in studying early alphabetsPhilip J. Boyes and Philippa M. Steele2. A ʽtop-downʼ re-invention of an old form: Cuneiform alphabets in contextSilvia Ferrara3. Variation in alphabetic cuneiform: Rethinking the ‘Phoenician’ inscriptionfrom SareptaPhilip J. Boyes4. Ancient Egypt and the earliest known stages of alphabetic writingBen Haring5. Much ado about an implement! – the Phoenicianising of Early AlphabeticReinhard G. Lehmann6. Vowel representation in the Archaic Greek and Old Aramaic scripts:A comparative orthographic and phonological examinationRoger D. Woodard7. Mother or sister? Rethinking the origins of the Greek alphabet andits relation to the other ‘western’ alphabetsWillemijn Waal8. The development of Greek alphabets: Fluctuations and standardisationsPhilippa M. Steele9. Between scripts and languages: Inscribed intricacies from geometric andarchaic Greek contextsGiorgos Bourogiannis10. The matter of voice – the Umbrian perspectiveKarin W. Tikkanen11. Writings in network? The case of Palaeohispanic scriptsColine Ruiz DarasseBibliography