We recently reported the discovery of a new Greek palace near Sparta.

As it turns out, among the finds at the palace structure are a number of preserved clay tablets written in Linear B, the rarest of the ancient languages. Hopefully these tablets which have been preserved because of a late 14th early 13th century fire which baked the clay will contribute to our understanding of the period and the language.


Picture credit: “NAMA Linear B tablet of Pylos” by Sharon Mollerus – originally posted to Flickr as How Cool Is Writing?. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NAMA_Linear_B_tablet_of_Pylos.jpg#/media/File:NAMA_Linear_B_tablet_of_Pylos.jpg