Linear B (derived from Linear A) was a syllabic script used between the 14th and 12th centuries B.C. in Crete and the Peloponnese. It is believed to be an early form of Greek, and was deciphered by Michael Ventris in 1952.
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John Chadwick (1920-98)
Obituary reproduced from The Guardian of the classical scholar who, together with Michael Ventris, deciphered Linear B, the writing used by the Mycenaeans.
Prehistoric Writings in Greece
Tracks the development of Linear B from Cretan hieroglyphics via Linear A; some transliteration of symbols derived from Greek words given.