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Dr Lisa Bendall
Sinclair and Rachel Hood Lecturer in Aegean Prehistory

My area of specialty is Aegean Prehistory and Linear B, and I am a member of both the School of Archaeology and the Faculty of Classics, as well as being Director of Studies for Archaeology & Anthropology and Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Keble College. This website gives information on my own research interests and activities, plus teaching, admissions for both undergrads and grads, and Linear B and Aegean Prehistory in general.


My research interests include Linear B and other Aegean Bronze Age scripts; Mycenaean and Minoan religion, banqueting, sacrifice and festivals; administration and bureaucracy (including sealing systems); archaeological survey; archives, both ancient and modern (see links to CSAD and the Ventris-Chadwick Project); economic history; museums and exhibitions.


Research pages (under construction)


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I teach undergraduate courses in Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Aegean (for Archaeology), Homeric Archaeology (for Classics), and graduate courses in Aegean Prehistory and Linear B (under the aegis of Classical Archaeology). The graduate Linear B course normally runs every year in Hilary Term (roughly, January - March) and is one of the few dedicated classes on Linear B in the world. A similar Linear B course for undergraduates, Aegean Scripts, runs in the first four weeks of Trinity Term (roughly May-June).
Aegean Prehistory undergrads
Aegean Prehistory grads
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I am the Tutorial Fellow (aka Director of Studies) for undergraduates at Keble College for Archaeology & Anthropology and Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. Keble has a strong tradition in archaeology, and is currently building on that foundation to develop links between archaeology and texts and more links to archaeological science. We are fortunate to be associated with the Chair of European Archaeology (Professor Barry Cunliffe) and to have a Research Fellow in Archaeology (currently Dr N. Phoca-Cosmetatou) as well as Fellows in Anthropology (Dr R. Parkin), Ancient History (Dr P. Derow), Classical Archaeology, and Classics (Dr A. Hollis).

Keble has one of the largest student communities in archaeology at both undergraduate and graduate levels. We currently have 19 A&A and 5 CAAH undergraduates. There are usually some 22 graduate students in all branches of archaeology and at all levels of research (M.Phil. to Ph.D.), for whom I act as college adviser. In all, there are nearly 50 or so students at Keble engaged directly in archaeology, plus people in closely related subjects such as anthropology, classics and history. The large community makes Keble a particularly lively and interesting place to study archaeology at Oxford.



At Oxford, undergraduate admissions are run by the Colleges and graduate admissions are run by the Departments and Faculties. What this means is that if you were applying to do an undergraduate degree you would be accepted by Keble College or one of the other colleges, whereas if you were applying to do a graduate degree the decision would be made at Faculty level. Either way, your application would be assessed by the most appropriate persons to do so (often if not always the same scholars); the difference is more or less in how the administration works. 

I run admissions for undergraduate degrees at Keble College in Archaeology & Anthropology and Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. I am always happy to answer enquiries about these degrees. We typically accept 5 students for A&A and 2 for CAAH every year.

I am also happy to help with enquiries about Graduate Admissions, especially with questions about Aegean Prehistory and related areas. There are two levels on which graduate admissions work: university and college. You apply in the first instance for degrees in archaeology (including Classical Archaeology) to the School of Archaeology. This decision is made purely on academic grounds and it doesn't matter what college you apply for. If admitted, your application would then be sent to the colleges you have put as first and second choice. Everyone should be found a college who is admitted to university, although sometimes this can take a fair amount of time.

Keble takes grads in all areas of archaeology and we try to maintain a balance between 'humanities' and 'science' based applicants (recognising an overlap between these categories); the main criterion always is academic achievement and promise.

Note for GRADUATE APPLICANTS: The University now operates a 'gathered field' scheme and Archaeology takes applicants only from 'fields' 2, 3, and 4. What this means in practical terms is that the deadlines for admissions for October 2006 are:

25 November 2005

20 January 2006

17 March 2006


Links to information pages for grad and undergrad degress are under 'Admissions Links' in:

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Dr L.M. Bendall
Institute of Archaeology
36 Beaumont Street
Oxford OX1 2PG


Dr L.M. Bendall

Keble College

Parks Road

Oxford OX1 3PG

MM jar from Knossos


Institute of Archaeology

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