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

  title={The mathematical values of fraction signs in the Linear A script: A computational, statistical and typological approach},
  author={Michele Corazza and Silvia Ferrara and Barbara Montecchi and Fabio Tamburini and Miguel Val{\'e}rio},
  journal={Journal of Archaeological Science},

Metal-smithy, Bead-making, Jeweler’s weight, Trade-permit, Tax-stamp: Indus Script’s Semasiography Partly Decoded

This paper claims to have partly decoded the Indus script. It not only explains how the brief formulaic inscriptions found on seals and tablets helped in taxation and trade control, by recording



Fractional Quantities in Minoan Bookkeeping

  • E. Bennett
  • History
    American Journal of Archaeology
  • 1950
THE relationship between the Minoan Linear Scripts A and B has been variously described though nowhere fully examined. These two scripts were the two systems of writing used in Crete in the Late

A Remarkable Collection of Babylonian Mathematical Texts: Manuscripts in the Schøyen Collection: Cuneiform Texts I

Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- Documentation of Provenance.- Abbreviations.- How to Get a Better Understanding of Mathematical Cuneiform Texts.- Old Babylonian Arithmetical Hand Tablets.- Old

When iconicity stands in the way of abbreviation: No Zipfian effect for figurative signals

It is found that European heraldic motifs do not obey a robust law of abbreviation, and it is suggested that lacking iconicity may be a precondition for a graphic code to exhibit Zipf's Law of Abbreviation.

The cretulae and the Linear A accounting system

  • Maurice Pope
  • History
    The Annual of the British School at Athens
  • 1960
Cretulae is the name given in this article to the small clay nodules, stamped with one or more seal impressions, that have been found in quantity at most Bronze Age sites in the Near East. The Minoan

Fractions and food rations in Linear A

Linear A texts on clay tablets deal with the administration of people and goods, mostly foodstuffs, within the framework of the economy of Late Bronze Age (Late Minoan) Crete. This economy was

Again on Linear a Metrograms J And E

precisely in tmt, p. 23, after a reproduction of the above-mentioned analysis of ht 9a (with its results: e = 1/2; J = 1/2 aut 3/4), we read: «di contro in ht 104 la somma dei numeri interi della

The Egyptian origin of the Greek alphabetic numerals

Traditionally, it has been assumed that the Greek alphabetic numerals were independently invented in the sixth century BC. However, the author finds a remarkable structural similarity between this

From Context to Code: Information Transfer Constrains the Emergence of Graphic Codes

It is suggested that the rarity and late arrival of stable, powerful, and accurate graphic codes in human history largely stems from strong constraints on information transfer and that these constraints limit a code's ability to reach an adequate tradeoff between information that needs to be explicitly encoded and information that need to be inferred from context.

MiniZinc: Towards a Standard CP Modelling Language

MiniZinc is presented, a simple but expressive CP modelling language which is suitable for modelling problems for a range of solvers and provides a reasonable compromise between many design possibilities and a low-level solver-input language called FlatZinc.

Numerical Notation: A Comparative History

1. Introduction 2. Hieroglyphic systems 3. Levantine systems 4. Italic systems 5. Alphabetic systems 6. South Asian systems 7. Mesopotamian systems 8. East Asian systems 9. Mesoamerican systems 10.