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Discover and Decipher Ancient Writing
Three sessions on ancient writing. Come and learn how to decipher and write these ancient scripts. Sessions can be attended individually or as a group. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for children aged 7+ and their families. Deciphering Linear B Saturday 20 October. 1.30 - 3.30pm Angear Visitor Centre. With Will Leveritt. Department of Classics, University of Nottingham. This session will explore the script known as Linear B. This early form of Greek, inscribed onto clay tablets, was discovered by archaeologists in and around the Mycenaean Palaces of Greece and dates to three thousand years ago. After discovering how it was used, and how we cracked its secrets, you will have an opportunity to read some samples and make your own tablets. The Language of Money Saturday 3 November. 1.30 - 3.30pm Angear Visitor Centre With Anja Rhode. Senior Collections Officer, Derby Museums and Art Gallery Have you ever looked at the coins in your wallet and wondered what the writing on them means? Most British coins, throughout history, have used Latin for their inscriptions. Come along for a fun session where you can find out the secret code for deciphering your coins, handle and examine some ancient coins from the University of Nottingham Museum collection and have a go at designing your own coin. Egyptian Hieroglyphs Saturday 17 November. 11.00am -1.00pm. Learning Studio. With Dr Sally Ann Ashton, Assistant Keeper, Department of Antiquities, Fitzwilliam Museum University of Cambridge. Unlike many Ancient African cultures where history is passed down by word of mouth, the people of Ancient Egypt wrote on just about everything. How did the Ancient Egyptian people write and what do their symbols mean? Learn the basics of how to read and write the Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and have a go yourself.