Decoding Linear A, the Writing System of the Ancient Minoans
Linear A, a writing system that was used by the ancient Minoans from 1800 to 1450 BC, has never been fully decrypted.
Used in governmental and religious writings of the Minoan Civilization, the script has intrigued and frustrated experts for centuries.
Now, for the first time, scientists and archaeologists believe that they have decrypted symbols denoting numerical fractions in the Linear A writing system.
The alphabet called Linear A was first discovered and named by British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans, who lived from 1851-1941.
Linear A has never been dechipered
It was succeeded by Linear B, which was used by the Mycenaeans to write an early form of Greek. No complete texts in Linear A have ever been deciphered.
The term ‘linear’ derives from script that was written by using a stylus to cut lines into a clay tablet, as opposed to “cuneiform,” which was written by using a stylus to press wedge shaped letters into the clay.
Linear A belongs to a group of scripts which are similar to hieroglyphics, but they evolved independently from the Egyptian and Mesopotamian writing systems.