Decipherment of Minoan Linear A tablet HT 131 (Haghia Triada)qareto= Linear Bonato= “lease field”: Following hard on the heels of Minoan Linear A tablet HT 31 (Haghia Triada), dealing with vessels and pottery, which I have been able to successfully decipher with high precision from top to bottom, comes this tablet HT 131, focused on rams on a lease field. How do I know this? As I have already pointed out several times on this blog, by utilizing the procedure ofcross-correlative regressive extrapolationfrom similar or almost identical Mycenaean Linear B tablets, it is possible to reconstruct with high or moderately high accuracy the contents of many Minoan Linear A tablets. As we has already learned, Pylos tablet Py TA 641-1952 (Ventris) may reasonably be considered the “Rosetta stone” for Minoan Linear A tablet HT 31 (Haghia Triada). And so it has proven to be the case. The same methodology, cross-correlative regressive extrapolation (orCCRE) from Mycenaean Linear B tablets closely corresponding to earlier Minoan Linear A t tablets can and does yield satisfying results. Take for instance Mycenaean Linear B tablet KN 1383 E j 924 from Knossos: On this tablet we find the supersyllabogramO, which symbolizes the Mycenaean Linear B word,onato, meaning “lease field”. Notice also that the number of rams on this lease field = 99 and the number of ewes = 19 on the first line, while on thesecond,the number of rams =25, all of them on a lease field. Now taking in turn Minoan Linear A tablet HT 131: we find to our surprise and satisfaction that the number of sheep is27, and that these sheep have something to do with the Minoan Linear A word,qareto. I put it to you thatqaretovery probably means precisely the same thing asonatodoes in Mycenaean Greek. Hence, these two tablets, the Minoan and thesecond line of the Mycenaean, are practically identical. Of course, anyone can object — and such a person would be right — that the closely matched number of sheep on these two tablets (25 on the Linear A and 27 on the Linear B) is mere happenstance. However, the fact that the only surviving Minoan Linear A tablet with the termqaretoon it matches up so neatly with the Mycenaean Linear B tablet from Knossos above is pretty good circumstantial evidence that the two tablets are dealing with one and the same phenomenon. So I have assigned a scalar value of> 75 %toqaretoon the Linear B tablet, signifying that the chances this term means “lease field” are very good. Not perfect, but a decent match with the Mycenaean Linear B tablet. This is one of the Minoan Linear A terms which I shall be highlighting in my upcoming article in Vol. 12 (2016), “Pylos tablet Py TA 641-1952 (Ventris), the ‘Rosetta Stone’ to Minoan Linear A tablet HT 31 (Haghia Triada) vessels and pottery” of the prestigious international annual,Archaeology and ScienceISSN 1452-7448. This will be the third straight article in a row I shall have published in this annual by late 2017 or early 2018.

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Yet another satisfactory translation Richard. Looking good!!

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