Earliest sample of Minoan hieroglyphics found on Crete

Published on November 21st, 2011 | by Sevaan Franks

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A sealstone made of red jasper and featuring the earliest example of Minoan hieroglphics has been found in Western Crete.

A four-sided red jasper sealstone is among the finds unearthed during this season’s excavation of the Minoan peak sanctuary at Vrysinas, located south of the city of Rethymnon. The whole area was officially announced and included in the archaeological sites list by the Central Archaeological Council of Greece.

The sealstone, which is carved on all four surfaces with characters of the Minoan Hieroglyphic script, constitutes the sole evidence to date for the presence of this earliest Minoan style of writing in Western Crete.

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Story: Stella Tsolakidou, Greek Reporter| Photo: Greek Reporter

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