Guess what! All 17 of the conjectural units of measurement in Minoan Linear A panned out! To my great surprise and definite relief, it appears that all 7 of the conjectural units of measurement in Minoan Linear A have panned out. Looks like I hit gold in the Klondike!

# Tag: volume

## Measurement of 17 conjectural units total of dry and liquid volume & weight in Minoan Linear A

Measurement of17conjecturalunits total of dry and liquid volume & weight in Minoan Linear A: Each entry below is classified by UNIT of measurement + amount + tablet + measurement type (dry or liquid + volume or weight): GRAINS:adaru40 ARKH 5 volume or weightadu680 HT 92 dry volume LARGE (a fair candidate for a unit of measurement)dame20 HT 86 + 74 HT 120 dry volumekidata134 HT 40 dry volume LARGE (a good candidate for a unit of measurement)kunisu20 HT 86 weightkupaja16 HT 116 weightnudu*331207 HT 40 dry volume LARGE (a good candidate for a unit of measurement)pa3nina12 HT 93 dry volume + darida = vasepase20 HT 18 weightpura2 (purai)40 HT 116 volume or weightpitakase161 HT 21 dry volume LARGE (a good candidate for a unit of measurement)qanuma12 HT 116 weightsara2 (sarai)5 HT 121 + 10 HT 114 + 20 HT 90 + 41 HT 101 + 976 HT 102 volume (the most likely candidate for a true unit of measurement)sikine12 HT 116 weight (a good candidate for a unit of measurement)tuqirina40 HT 129 volume or weight OLIVES:itaja10 HT 28 liquid volume WINE:ra*164ati38 HT 17 liquid volume I have extracted all 17 of theseconjecturalunits of measurement, dry in the case of grains (barley and wheat), and liquid in the case of olives and olive oil and wine from all of the Minoan Linear tablets I isolated from the total store of relatively intact Linear A tablets I meticulously scanned from Prof. John G. Younger’s Lexicon of Minoan Linear A tablets and fragments (mostly the latter, which I of course naturally omitted as completely unreliable sources of any terminology whatsoever in Minoan Linear A). I have omitted any so-called unit of measurement which occurs5times or less on the Linear A tablets I scanned, as these are much more likely not to relate to measurement at all. The total number of these putative units of measurement compares favourably with total number of16units of measurement in Mycenaean Linear B, as illustrated in the table below. However, it must be stressed that all17of the Minoan Linear A apparent units of measurement are spelled out in full, whereas all16of the Mycenaean Linear B units are represented bysymbols, the exact opposite practice. To complicate matters further, Minoan Linear A usessymbolsto represent very small (fractional) units of measurement, again in a practice appositive to Mycenaean Linear B, in which the units of measurement are> unityand usually (quite) large. This introduces the distinct possibility that a few, some or even all of17the so-called units of measurement in Minoan Linear A I have isolated above are not units of measurement at all. I shall have to thoroughly investigate the inevitable ramifications of this real dilemma before I even dare add a single, let alone more than one of these so-called units of measurement to theGlossary of 110 Minoan Linear Awords I have compiled. At most, I doubt that more than 4 or 5 of the 17 terms in this list are likely to qualify for inclusion in the Minoan Linear A Glossary, although this estimate may turn out to be too conservative. We shall soon see.

## Kunisu, another Minoan Linear A word which might mean “bushel” or alternatively “emmer wheat/farro”

Kunisu, another Minoan Linear A word which might mean “bushel” or alternatively “emmer wheat/farro”:Kunisuis yet another Minoan Linear A word which might mean “bushel” or alternatively “emmer wheat/farro”. I am uncertain whether this is the suitable term for “bushel” in Minoan Linear A or whetheraseis. The former (kunisu) is masculine, indicating alarge amount, and can be either singular or plural. The latter,ase, is probably feminine plural. Becausekunisudenotes something large, as apparentlyallwords ending with ultimateUin Minoan Linear A do, it may be the better candidate for “bushel”. But I am leaving my options open. One thing is certain. As Prof. John G. Younger points out in hisLinear A Texts in phonetic transcription, kunisudoes not mean the same thing as Konoso in Mycenaean Linear B. Take a good look at the two words in their original syllabaries side by side at the bottom of the figure above. They do not even look alike. I am full agreement with Younger on this point. This brings the total number of Minoan Linear A words we have deciphered more or less accurately to eighty-one (81).

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