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Dr Lisa M. Bendall

Tutorial Fellow in Archaeology

Sinclair and Rachel Hood Lecturer in Aegean Prehistory


Keble has a strong tradition in archaeology, and seeks to build on that foundation to develop more links between archaeology and anthropology, archaeological science, ancient texts, and the humanities and social sciences more generally. We are fortunate to be associated with the Chair of European Archaeology and the Sinclair and Rachel Hood Lecturership in Aegean Prehistory, and have recently been joined by a University Lecturer in Social Anthropology. Keble is now the only college in the university with two full-time Tutorial Fellows in Archaeology and Anthropology. The Keble Creativity Research Fellow and the Deputy Director of the Oxford Radiocarbon Lab are also part of our group, and we are associated with Fellows in Classics and Ancient History.

My own area of research is Aegean Prehistory and Linear B. I am a member of both the School of Archaeology and the Faculty of Classics, as well as being Keble Director of Studies for the undergraduate degrees in Archaeology & Anthropology (now joined by our Anthropology Tutor) and Classical Archaeology & Ancient History. In addition to a wide range of tutorials for Keble students, I teach undergraduate courses in Aegean Bronze Age Scripts, Minoan Crete, the Late Bronze Age & Early Iron Age Aegean (for Archaeology), Homeric Archaeology (for Classics), and graduate courses in Aegean Prehistory and Linear B. I supervise masters and doctoral students in a wide range of topics. The Linear B/Aegean Scripts course normally runs every year in Hilary Term and is one of the relatively few dedicated courses on Linear B in the world.

I am always happy to answer questions from prospective students about undergraduate admissions at Keble, and about graduate admissions in Archaeology at the university and at Keble (see links to further information for both from this webpage).

Keble is unique in having a subject group made up of undergraduate degrees in Archaeology & Anthropology, Classical Archaeology & Ancient History, and (from 2011) Human Sciences, as well as graduate students in Archaeology and Anthropology. The college is a particularly interesting place to study as the large numbers of students and tutors involved in the subject area (ca 40) make this a lively and active community.

Research Interests

Linear B and other Aegean Bronze Age scripts; Mycenaean religion, banqueting, sacrifice and festivals; Mycenaean and Minoan administration including sealing systems; archaeological survey (see link to the Kythera Island Project); archives, both ancient and modern (see links to CSAD and the Ventris-Chadwick Archives Project); economic history; museums and exhibitions (see link to Fitzwilliam Museum)

Recent Publications

  • 'Does Linear B ideogram *211vas+PO indicate a rhyton?' in Minos, 39 (2014), 41-59
  • 'The Aegean Bronze Age scripts' in The Aegean World. A Guide to the Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean Antiquities in the Ashmolean Museum, ed. Galanakis, Y. (Ashmolean and Kapon Editions, 2013)
  • 'entries on: Thera, Wanax, Lawagetas, Linear A, Linear B, Pylos' in Blackwell’s Encyclopaedia of the Ancient World, ed. (2013)
  • 'How much makes a feast at Knossos? ' in Proceedings of the 10th Cretological Symposium, Chania, 2006., ed. M. Vlazaki (2011)
  • 'How much makes a feast? Amounts of banqueting foodstuffs in the Linear B records of Pylos' in Proceedings of the XIIth International Colloquium of Mycenology, Rome, February 2006., ed. A. Sacconi, L. Godart, M. Negri (Rome: Biblioteca di Pasiphae, 2008)
  • L.M. Bendall, Economics of Religion in the Mycenaean World: Resources Dedicated to Religion in the Mycenaean Palace Economy (School of Archeology Monograph Number 67, 2007)
  • 'Review article: Studies in Mycenaean Inscriptions and Dialect' in American Journal of Archaeology, 109 (2005), 91-94
  • 'Review: The Man Who Deciphered Linear B: The Story of Michael Ventris, by A. Robinson' in Journal of Hellenic Studies, 125 (2005), 203-205
  • 'Fit for a king? Exclusion, hierarchy, aspiration and desire in the social structure of Mycenaean banqueting' in Food, Cuisine and Society in Prehistoric Greece, ed. P. Halstead and J. Barrett (Sheffield: University of Sheffield Press, 2004)
  • 'A reconsideration of the Northeastern Building at Pylos: Evidence for a Mycenaean redistributive centre' in American Journal of Archaeology, 107 (2003), 181-232
  • The Decipherment of Linear B and the Ventris-Chadwick Correspondence. Exhibition Catalogue (Cambridge: The Mycenaean Epigraphy Group and The Chadwick Fund, Faculty of Classics, Cambridge, 2003)
  • 'Hierarchy, exploitation, aspiration and social manipulation in Mycenaean banqueting' in American Journal of Archaeology, 106 (2002), 272
  • 'Review: Atti e Memorie del Secondo Congresso Internazionale di Micenologia' in Journal of Hellenic Studies, 121 (2001), 207-209
  • 'The economics of Potnia in the Linear B documents: Palatial support for a Mycenaean deity' in Potnia: Deities and Religion in the Aegean Bronze Age, ed. Laffineur, R. & Hägg, R. (2001)
  • 'A time for offerings: Dedications of perfumed oil at Pylian festivals' in A-NA-QO-TA. Studies Presented to J.T. Killen. Minos 33-34: 1-9, ed. Bennet, J. & Driessen, J. (Minos, 1999)
  • In prep. Into the labyrinth: the department of perfumery and offerings at Mycenaean Knossos.
  • In prep. The Economics of Religion in the Mycenaean World. Minos Supplement.
  • 'Forthcoming: Does Linear B ideogram *211vas+PO indicate a rhyton?' in Minos, 39-40, 00
  • In prep: Review of Perna, M. 2005. Recherches sur la fiscalité mycénienne for American Journal of Archaeology.

Academic Biography

  • Rachel and Sinclair Hood Lecturer in Aegean Prehistory, Oxford (2004 - present)
  • Research Fellow, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (2001 - 2004)
  • Sir P.M. Laurence Studentship, Cambridge (1999 - 2001)
  • Sir Isaac Newton Award, Cambridge (1998 - 2000)
  • Craven Studentship, Faculty of Classics, Cambridge (1998 - 1999)
  • Ph.D., Faculty of Classics, Cambridge (Thesis title: The economic relations of religious and political organisations and social groups in the Mycenaean world) (1997 - 2000)
  • British Academy Studentship (1997 - 2000)
  • Michael Ventris Memorial Award (1997 - 1998)
  • M.Phil. in Classics, Cambridge (1995 - 1996)
  • British Federation of Women Graduates Studentship (1995 - 1996)
  • BA in Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University College London (1992 - 1995)