The Ancient Literacy
website is dedicated to the study of the development of alphabetic
writing and literacy in early Italy. It is the website of a
research group comprising Ruth Whitehouse (UCL), John Wilkins (Accordia
Research Institute) and Kathryn Lomas (UCL) and is part of two
inter-linked research projects funded by the
Arts and Humanities Research Council and based at the Institute of
Archaeology, University College London.
Literacy and the Establishment of Regional Identity in Italy (2002-2005),
which examines written documents from three regions of Italy, is now
nearing completion. The new project,
in its Socio-Cultural Context, will examine the uses of writing in
Etruria and central Italy , and will begin in November 2005.
The website includes the following elements:
- Details of the project aims and methodology.
- Events linked with the project
- Useful links for the study of literacy
- Project news
In the long term, the site will host a searchable catalogue of
inscriptions from the regions studied.
We are please to announce that the AHRC has awarded a 3-year grant
to support research into literacy in Etruria.
Definition: A Etruscan study day at the British Museum, in
honour of Sybille Haynes.