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Papers and notes of Frank Roydon Richards, mostly concerning the decipherment of the Linear B script, with material concerning other cuneiform scripts.

Identifier: Acc.9094/1-89

Scope and Contents

Frank Roydon Richards, rector of Glasgow Academy from 1932 to 1959, devoted much of his retirement to the study of Linear B and especially the methods used by Michael Ventris, to whose decipherment he took a sceptical attitude. For comparative purposes he also studied the methods used by the decipherers of Hittite and other cuneiform scripts. The bulk of the material consists of transcripts of texts and summaries of books and articles, with critical comments by Richards interspersed.


  • Creation: 1966-1975, undated.


Language of Materials

Notes and papers in English, Latin, ancient Greek, Mycenaean Greek, Hittite, Etruscan, and other cuneiform scripts.

Other languages may also be present.

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89 Consultation units

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1985, by Michael Richards, Edinburgh.

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