Restoration of the top of Minoan Linear Tablet ZA 20 (Zakros) REVISED:Since the last post on my original restoration of the top of Minoan Linear Tablet ZA 20 (Zakros), I have reconsidered the hypothetical text, and I have come up with this more plausible restoration:The running decipherment reads as follows:1. a field2. of 20 bales of einkorn wheat3. and 20 bales of emmer wheat4. and 65 bales of barley5. all measured by bales6. 4 bales of MI ?? ZA (unknown) + 1 bale with wheat7. and 12 bales of wheat with 2 spin-offs of chaff from the wheat8. totals for all the above = 130This restoration is the basis of an article on it soon to be published onacademia.edu. I shall keep you posted.

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## Restoration of the top of Minoan Linear Tablet ZA 20 (Zakros) REVISED:

## Richard Janke’s conjectural restoration of the missing top of Linear A tablet ZA 20

Richard Janke’s conjectural restoration of the missing top of Linear A tablet ZA 20: Since the top of Linear A tablet ZA 20 is missing, I boldly took it upon myself to restore the top of this tablet. My restoration is of course conjectural, but I am quite sure it is something like what the original must have looked like, because line 6 mentionssitetuand line 7situ. These are variants on the same Linear A word,situ, which just so happens to look a great deal like the Linear B wordsito, which means “wheat”. SO it is natural to suppose that in factsituandsitetualso mean “wheat” in Linear A. Here is the decipherment of the entire Linear A tablet ZA 20 (Zakrs), including the restored lines 1.-7. 1.kireta211 = 11 units (probably bales) of barley 2.dideru42 = 42 bales of einkorn wheat 3.dideru30qerie22 = 30 bales of einkorn wheat (2) and 22 bales of another type of grain (3) 4.qerie6 = 6 bales of grain type (3) 5. ro? + direza- =(dide)ro[left truncated] = einkorn wheat =didero+direza= a unit of measurement 6. se + mi? +ru? 4 sitetu 1 = “se” is the last syllabogram, i.e. syllable of the worddireza+se, which implies the word is inflected. 7.situ6 te*123 12rumitase2 = 6 bales of wheat + 12 bales or units of te*123 (unknown) 2 units of chaff 8.kura120 =kura= TOTAL of all items listed in lines 1.-7. No one has ever attempted to decipher even the extant bottom portion of Linear A tablet ZA 20 (Zakros) before, let alone to restore the missing lines in the missing top portion of this tablet.

## Translation of Linear B tablet KN 562 Se 01 by Rita Roberts

*Translation of Linear B tablet KN 562 Se 01 by Rita Roberts:
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## Translation of Linear B tablet KN 558 R I 61 by Rita Roberts

*Translation of Linear B tablet KN 558 R I 61 by Rita Roberts:
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## Rita Roberts, translation of Knossos Linear B tablet, KN 555 R o 05

*Rita Roberts, translation of Knossos Linear B tablet, KN 555 R o 05:*

## Translation of Knossos Linear B tablet KN 554 R o 06 by Rita Roberts

*Translation of Knossos Linear B tablet KN 554 R o 06 by Rita Roberts:
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## Translation of Knossos Linear B tablet KN 530 R l 23 by Rita Roberts

*Translation of Knossos Linear B tablet KN 530 R l 23 by Rita Roberts:*

## Linear B tablet KN 930 Dl 1, dealing with the production of wool

## Statistical incidence of various types of grains on Linear A tablets from Haghia Triada and elsewhere

Statistical incidence of various types of grains on Linear A tablets from Haghia Triada and elsewhere:

akaru = *field* HT 2 (20+) **HT 86** X2 (20+ )

TOTAL = 40+

*barley*

kireta2 (kiretai) = barley **HT 85** (1) + HT 129 (33)

TOTAL = 34

kiretana = barley-like HT 2 (54+) HT 8 X 2 (5) HT 108 (1) HT 120 (60)

TOTAL = 120

*einkorn wheat*

dideru = einkorn wheat **HT 86** X 2 (2^{nd}. trunc.) (20) **HT 95** X 2 (20)

TOTAL = 40

*emmer wheat*

kunisu = emmer wheat HT 10 (0) **HT 86** X 2 (40+) **HT 95** X 2 (30)

TOTAL = 70+

*flax*

[sara2 = flax HT 18 (10) HT 28 X 2 (21) HT 30 (0) HT 32-34 (0) HT 90 (20) HT 93 (20) HT 94 (5) HT 97 (0) HT 99 (4+) HT 100-102 (985+) HT 105 (234) HT 114 (10) HT 121 (5) HT 125 (2) HT 130 (0)

TOTAL = 1306+

+ saru (*oblique case*) **HT 86** X 3 (41+) **HT 95** X 2 (30) HT 123+124 (16 )

TOTAL = 87+

TOTAL for all references to flax = 1393]

*spelt or millet*

dame = spelt or millet **HT 86 **(20)** HT 95** X2 (20) HT 120 (74)

TOTAL = 94

*millet or spelt*

qera2u/qera2wa = millet or spelt HT 1 (197)HT 95X2 (17) TOTAL = 214

durare = durum wheat? Knossos KN Zc 7 (0)

TOTAL = 0

minute = a type of grain -or- “and for a month” **HT 86 **(20)** HT 95** X2 (20) HT 106 (6+)

TOTAL = 46+

pura2 = a type of grain HT 28 (6) HT 116 (45) KN 54 (0)

TOTAL = 51

qanuma = *ditto* HT 116 (20) KH 88 (Khania) (10)

TOTAL = 20

`standard units of measurement on all Linear A tablets:`

adu **HT 85 (0) HT 86** (0) HT 88 (20) HT 92 (680)** HT 95** (0) HT 99 (0) HT 133 (55) (bales?)

TOTAL = 755

adureza (0) = standard unit of dry measurement, something like a bushel

dureza (7 ) = variant of the same

TOTAL = 7

kireza ( 42) = standard unit of measurement for figs, dates or grapes = 1 basket

TOTAL = 42

reza (67+ ) = standard unit of linear measurement

TOTAL = 67+

tereza (0) = standard unit of liquid measurement

© by Richard Vallance Janke 2017

## Linear A tablet HT 133 (Haghia Triada) fully deciphered

Linear A tablet HT 133 (Haghia Triada) fully deciphered:

The intriguing thing about this tablet is this: apart from the word adu, which apparently means something like “bales”, the rest of the tablet contains only supersyllabograms. If indeed adu does refer to something like bales of wheat, and if te is the abbreviation for terikama, which refers to something like an acre, then the tablet makes complete sense. 55 bales per acre. A good yield.

## Rita Roberts’ translation of Knossos Linear B tablet KN 946 G a 303 (mid-term, second year university)

Rita Roberts’ translation of Knossos Linear B tablet KN 946 G a 303 (mid-term, second year university): Trust me, this is not an easy tablet to translate. ... with a translation into archaic ancient Greek added by Richard Vallance Janke.

Translation of Ashmolean Museum (British Museum) tablet An_1910_214_o: wheat

This is a standard inventory of monthly wheat yields, which come to 100+ bales of wheat (100+ because the number is right-truncated and so it could be anywhere from 100 to 199). If the yield is 100 bales per month, the annual yield is 1,200 bales, and if it is 199, the annual yield is 1188 bales… or anywhere in between. If it is 150 bales per month, that works out to 1,800 bales per year.