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|Archaeological News, 1962
The mystery surrounding the origins of
the Minoan civilization was partially solved when Dr.
Cyrus Gordon of Brandeis University announced that he had
deciphered the Minoan Script, known as Linear A. In the
picture below he is seen explaining how he determined
that LinearA was a Semitic language by comparing it with
Hebrew and Eteocretan, a later Cretan script which used
the Greek alphabet. By extension, he therefore proposed
that the Minoan civilization was founded by traders from
the region around Phoenicia on the eastern coast of the
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