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Minoan linear scripts



Two written languages, samples of which, inscribed on clay tablets, were found in Crete by Arthur Evans (1900), and named Linear A and B. Linear B was deciphered (1952) by Michael Ventris (1922–1956) and shown to be very early Greek (from c.1400 BC). Linear A is yet to be deciphered, though some symbols have been assigned phonetic values. See also Aegean civilization.