publication . Article . 2020

The mathematical values of fraction signs in the Linear A script: A computational, statistical and typological approach

Michele Corazza; Silvia Ferrara; Barbara Montecchi; Fabio Tamburini; Miguel Valério;
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  • Published: 07 Sep 2020 Journal: Journal of Archaeological Science, volume 125, page 105,214 (issn: 0305-4403, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
  • Country: Italy
Abstract
Abstract Minoan Linear A is still an undeciphered script mainly used for administrative purposes on Bronze Age Crete. One of its most enigmatic features is the precise mathematical values of its system of numerical fractions. The aim of this article is to address this issue through a multi-stranded methodology that comprises palaeographical examination and statistical, computational, and typological approaches. Taking on from previous analyses, which suggested hypothetical values for some fractions, we extended our probe into assessing values for some problematic ones. The results achieved, based, on the one hand, on a close palaeographical analysis and, on the ...
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free text keywords: Archaeology, History, Linear A script, Minoan Crete, fraction signs, constraint programming, numerical notations, Linear A, Undeciphered writing systems, Convergence (routing), Natural language processing, computer.software_genre, computer, Comprehension, Artificial intelligence, business.industry, business, Computer science
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