Evans underestimated the formidable challenge Linear B would pose. An unknown script used to write an unknown language is a locked-room mystery: Somehow, the decipherer must finesse his way into a tightly closed system that offers few external clues.An unknown script used to write an unknown language. Nobody alive for a thousand years knows the language, how to speak it, what the writing means and what the language sounds like. You think you research project is hard?
I can't image the work to figure out what this means yet the book tells the tale. It reminds me of another great book called The Story of Writing: Alphabets, Hieroglyphs, & Pictograms, Second Edition which talks about Linear B plus a number of other writings including Egyptian hieroglyphs. Both are fascinating reads and recommended.