Nicolle Hirschfeld

in The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199873609
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology


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This article shows that there are approximately 200 identified Cypro-Minoan inscriptions. They are impressed, incised, or painted on a variety of objects and materials in an assortment of lengths and formats and are found in a diversity of contexts widely dispersed across the island of Cyprus and at Ras Shamra-Ugarit on the mainland. They span the entire Late Bronze Age and perhaps continue into the very early Iron Age. The earliest discoveries were made at the end of the nineteenth century; most recently, Cypro-Minoan has been recognized at Ras Shamra-Ugarit and perhaps at Ashkelon. The script has not been deciphered, and any claims to have done so are premature, for the extant corpus is too limited, and there is no bilingual. The greatest concentration of Cypro-Minoan writing has been found at Enkomi.

Keywords: Cypro-Minoan inscriptions; Cyprus; Ras Shamra-Ugarit; Ashkelon; Enkomi; Bronze Age

Article.  3936 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Greek History ; Historical Archaeology

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