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Script used by the Minoan population of Crete in the period 2000-1500 BC. The signs are inscribed on clay tablets and appear to represent a syllabary. Linear A has not yet been deciphered, but it seems to have developed out of the earlier hieroglypic script of the island. After c1500 BC Linear A was replaced by Linear B, used by the Mycenaeans. Linear A tablets have been found in the palaces of Crete itself and also on the Cycladic islands of Melos, Keos, Kythera, Naxos and Thera.
The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983