Open Access volumes in the Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems series

Exploring Writing Systems and Practices in the Bronze Age Aegean (CREWS Vol. 7)

Philippa M. Steele 2023. Oxbow. ISBN: 9781789259018

Open access version (CC BY)

Writing around the Ancient Mediterranean: Practices and Adaptations (CREWS Vol. 6)

Edited by Philippa M. Steele and Philip J. Boyes. Oxbow. ISBN: 9781789257434.

Open access version (CC BY)

Early Greek Alphabetic Writing: A Linguistic Approach (CREWS Vol. 5)

Natalia Elvira Astoreca 2021. Oxbow. ISBN: 9781789257434.

Open access version (CC BY)

Open access database of inscriptions on which research was based

The Semantics of Word
Division in Northwest
Semitic Writing Systems: Ugaritic, Phoenician, Hebrew, Moabite and Greek (CREWS Vol. 4)

Robert S. D. Crellin 2022. Oxbow. ISBN: 9781789256772.

Open access version (CC BY)

Script and Society: The Social Context of Writing Practices in Late Bronze Age Ugarit (CREWS Vol. 3)

Philip J. Boyes 2021. Oxbow. ISBN: 9781789255836

Open Access version (CC BY)

The Social and Cultural Contexts of Historic Writing Practices (CREWS Vol. 2)

Edited by Philip J. Boyes, Philippa M. Steele and Natalia Elvira Astoreca 2021. Oxbow. ISBN: 9781789254785

Open Access version (CC BY)

Understanding Relations Between Scripts II: Early Alphabets (CREWS Vol. 1)

Edited by Philip J. Boyes and Philippa M. Steele

2019. Oxbow. ISBN: 9781789250923

Open Access version (CC BY).

Other books and papers

A Comparative Approach to Methods of Inscribing Clay Tablets: Interaction and Innovation in Cyprus and Ugarit

Philippa M. Steele and Philip J. Boyes

2023. In Erica Angliker, Ilaria Bultrighini (eds) New Approaches to the Materiality of Text in the Ancient Mediterranean: From Monuments and Buildings to Small Portable Objects, Turnhout: Brepols, 35-52.

Open access submitted version or download here

The Wider World of Writing. Networks of People, Practice and Culture Underpinning Writing in Late Bronze Age Ugarit

Philip J. Boyes

2022. Cambridge Archaeological Journal.

Open Access version (CC BY)

Writing and Social Diversity in Late Bronze Age Ugarit

Philip J. Boyes

2022. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 33.1: Special Issue – Ancient Lives, New Stories 2018 conference proceedings.

Open Access Version (CC BY)

When the Phoenicians were Swedish: Rudbeck’s Atlantica and Phoenician Studies

Annie Burman and Philip J. Boyes

2021. Journal of the American Oriental Society 141.4, 749-766.

Open Access Version (Boyes’ work only conducted under CREWS project).

The Early Greek Alphabets

Edited by Robert Parker and Philippa M. Steele 2021. OUP. ISBN: 9780198859949.

Open access preprint of Introduction (Steele’s editorial work only conducted under CREWS project).

‘Material entanglements of writing practices in the Bronze Age Aegean and Cyprus’

Philippa M. Steele

2020. In Steel, L. (ed.) Exploring Materiality in the Bronze Age, special issue of Sustainability 12, 1-17.

Open access version

‘Vowel quantity and quality in Neo-Punic and Latin inscriptions from Africa and Sardinia’

Robert Crellin

2020. In Aaron Hornkohl and Geoffrey Khan (eds.) Studies in Semitic Vocalisation and Reading Traditions, Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 1-53.

Open access version

‘Negotiating Imperialism and Resistance in Late Bronze Age Ugarit: The Rise of Alphabetic Cuneiform’

Philip J. Boyes

2019. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 29.2, 185-199

Open Access version

Writing and Society in Ancient Cyprus

Philippa M. Steele

2018. Cambridge University Press.

Open access version of Chapter 1: The Advent of Literacy on Cyprus


‘Escritura e Identidad: el caso de Pafos’

Natalia Elvira Astoreca

2018. In Balda Baranda, A. and Redondo-Moyano, E. (eds.) Opera Selecta. Estudios sobre el mundo clásico, Vitoria-Gasteiz, 35-43.

Open Access version

‘Introduction to the Persian Harmony of the Gospels’

Robert Crellin

2018. In Hassanabadi, M., Jahani, R. and Jahani, C. (eds.), A Unified Gospel in Persian, Uppsala, vii-xvii

Open access version

‘Other Pre-Alphabetic Scripts of Greece and Cyprus’

Philippa M. Steele

2017. In Galanakis, Y., Christophilopoulou, A. and Grime, J. (eds.) Codebreakers and Groundbreakers, Cambridge, 43-51

Open Access version

The whole exhibition catalogue can be downloaded here.

‘Writing ‘systems’: Literacy and the transmission of writing in non-administrative contexts’

Philippa M. Steele

2017. In Jasink, E.M., Weingarten, J. and Ferrara, S. (eds.) Non-scribal Communication Media in the Bronze Age Aegean and Surrounding Areas: The semantics of a-literate and proto-literate media, Periploi 9, Firenze, 81-100.

Open Access version

‘Linear A and Linear B: Structural and contextual concerns’

Torsten Meissner & Philippa M. Steele

2017. In Nosch, M-.L. and Landenius Enegren, H. (eds.) Aegean Scripts. Proceedings of the 14th Mycenological Colloquium 2-6 September, Copenhagen 2015, Incunabula Graeca Vol. CV, 1, Rome, 99-114.

Open access version (or here)

From Linear B to Linear A: The problem of the backward projection of sound values

Philippa M. Steele & Torsten Meissner

2017. In Steele, P.M. (ed.) Understanding Relations Between Scripts: The Aegean Writing Systems, Oxford, 93-110.

Open access (published) version (or here)

CREWS project research is all published with open access, in compliance with the regulations of our funding body, the European Research Council (under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant no. 677758). We are committed to making our research accessible to all.

The publications listed above are the ones that have already appeared, but we have many more in the pipeline (some in preparation, others under review or in press) and will update this page as they appear