Decipherments A

Unlike LinB inscriptions, which are primarily found in tablet form, LinA inscriptions are found on a variety of materials. However, a majority of inscriptions are so fragmented that complete decipherment is not possible. Consequently, these LinA decipherments are limited to whole, unambiguous inscriptions. Ideally, every decipherment should be accompanied by clear image(s); when available, these will be included in due time. As evidence dictates, decipherments may be subjected to either correction or deletion. Despite expected inconsistencies, it is always hoped that the greater picture will prevail.


Classification of LinA Inscriptions:

  • Wa = nodule
  • Wb = sealing
  • Wc = roundel (disc)
  • Za = stone vessel
  • Zb = clay vessel
  • Zc = inked inscription
  • Zd = graffito
  • Ze = architecture: These inscriptions are also called monumental and palatial. “Mason’s marks” are included in this class.
  • Zf = metal object
  • Zg = stone object [other than a vessel]


  1. Hallager, Erik. 1996. The Minoan Roundel and Other Sealed Documents in the Neopalatial Linear A Administration. Vol. 1 & 2. Université de Liège. [This may be a frequent source for images of roundels.]

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As of 03.24.15, there are 53 sites in which LinA inscriptions have been found.

Apodoulo (AP)

Argos (ARG)

Arkalokhori (AR)

Arkhanes (ARK)

Armenoi (ARM)

Crete (CR)

Gournia (GO)

Hagios Stephanos (HS) is the site of an ancient temple, which is located at the eastern end of Crete on the Lasithi Plateau, between Gournia and Zakros. The Greek ἅγιος (hagios) means “devoted to the gods; holy, sacred”.

Haghia Triada (HT) “holy trinity” is the site of an ancient villa, which is located in southern Crete on the northwestern end of a coastal ridge above the Mesara Plain; Phaistos is situated on the southeastern end of the ridge.  Haghia Triada has yielded more LinA tablets than any other site.  The Greek ἁγία (hagia) is the feminine form of ἅγιος (hagios) and means “devoted to the gods; holy, sacred”.

Iouktas (IO)

Kamilari (KAM)

Kannia (KAN)

Kardamoutsa (KA)

Kea (KE) or Keos (modern Tzia) is a Cycladic island located 60 km (37.5 miles) southeast of Athens. During the Bronze Age, Kea was a Minoan settlement at the site now known as Aghia Irini.

Khania (KH) Presumed LM IB context.

Knossos (KN)

Kophinas (KO)

Kythera (KY)

Malia (MA) is the site of a major Minoan palace in north-central Crete.  The palace was destroyed by an earthquake in the late bronze age.  The town ruins lie approximately three km. east of the palace site.

Larani (LA)

Melos (MI)

Miletos (MIL) 

Mokhlos (MO)

Mycenae (MY) was a fortified city (citadel) that was located on the Argolid Plain about 56 miles (90 km) southwest of Athens.   The Mycenaeans were so influential that the period in Greek history between 1600 and 1100 BCE is called the Mycenaean age; the Mycenaeans were believed to have flourished around 1350 BCE. While Mycenae is known for its LinB tablets, at least two LinA inscriptions have been found on grave goods.

Nerokourou (NE)

Palaikastro (PK)

Papoura (PA)

Petras (PE)

Petsophas (PET)

Phaistos (PH)

Platanos (PL)

Poros Herakleiou (PO)

Prassa (PR)

Pseira (PSI)

Psykhro (PS)

Pyrgos (PYR)

Samothrace (SAM)

Selakanos (SE)

Skhinia (SK)

Sitia (SI)

Skoteino Cave (SKO)

Syme (SY)

Tel Haror, Israel (TEL)

Thera (THE)

Tiryns (TI)

Traostolos (TRA)

Troullos (TL)

Troy (TRO)

Trypiti (TRY)

Tylissos (TY)

Vrysinas (VRY)

Zakros (ZA)

Zominthos (ZO)


Haghia Triada (HT)

Hagios Stephanos (HS)

Malia (MA)

  • MA Wc <5> > an inventory marker
  • MA Ze 11  > a monumental inscription

Thera (THE)


Haghia Triada (HT)

Phaistos (PH)


Malia (MA)

Phaistos (PH)

  • PH Wc 39 > a roundel with a triton seal

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