The Art Archive/Heraklion Museum/Dagli Orti

An undeciphered script, Linear A appears on tablets, pottery and dedicatory vessels at Knossos and other Minoan sites. Clay tablets with this writing have also been recovered in other regions of the Mediterranean, another indication of the Minoans’ seafaring ways. Linear A’s Mycenaean successor, Linear B, was successfully deciphered in 1952 by British architect Michael Ventris. It is a form of early Greek.