National Geographic has announced the discovery of a new Linear B tablet from the site of Iklaina in Messenia. The Iklaina Archaeological Project, directed by Professor Michael Cosmopoulos, discovered the tablet in a secondary context.
More information about the tablet was provided by Michael Cosmopoulos and Cynthia Shelmerdine on the Aegeanet internet forum:
Readers of Aegeanet clearly share our excitement at the discovery of a Linear B tablet from Iklaina. In the last few days it has led to some good publicity for the Aegean Bronze Age. But since media reports rarely transmit information with complete accuracy, we’d like to offer the following brief account of the context and content of the tablet. A full publication will appear as soon as practicable.
Context and date: The tablet was found in a burned refuse pit containing diagnostic pottery of LH IIB/LH IIA1/early LH IIIA2 date and is, therefore, earlier than the tablet from the Petsas House at Mycenae. Palaeographically the signs resemble those on tablets from the Room of the Chariot Tablets at Knossos, and the four (not five) early tablets from Pylos. Phylogenetic analysis by C. Skelton (cf. her article in Archaeometry 50, 2008, 158-176) bears out a date earlier than the main Pylos archive.
The 13th International Mycenological Colloquium was concluded in September of 2010. Marie Louise Bech Nosch was announced as the new Secretary General of CIPEM. She and Hedvig Landenius Enegren will be hosting the next Mycenological colloquium in Copenhagen, Denmark.