In addition to the sealed documents, where the engraved symbols in Linear A are one or two on each nodule,
at RMP two other typologies of documents are kept, equally coming from the Italian Archaeological Mission in Crete:
the inscriptions on tablets and the inscriptions on pottery. In fact, we are dealing
only with three samples of the first and one of the second type but, anyway, they represent
the only inscriptions in Linear A inside an Italian museum.
The tablets constitute the main source for our knowledge of the Cretan writing.
These 3 tablets in Linear A are the only ones arrived in Italy from Haghia Triada:
the whole of the tablets from this site - that are about 150 and constitute the main patrimony
for our knowledge about Linear A - are kept in the Heraklion Museum. We present also for these 3 tablets
a three-dimensional model (under construction) and a related description.
Each tablet is identified by the initials of the site (HT) and the inventory number.
The three fragment which belong to the upper part of the pithos bear a Linear A inscription,
which runs under the border. The provenance of the object is not sure: likely from Haghia Triada,
but it could be possible, as an alternative, from Phaistòs.
Maurizio Borda in his 1946 Catalogue on Cretan materials kept in Pigorini Museum
specifies that the fragments come generically from one of the two sites. Clelia Laviosa,
giving a photo of them to Godart-Olivier to be published on GORILA 4, defines them as fragments of a pithos
recovered during a removal inside the museum (GORILA 4: XII). Here you will find a three-dimensional model
(under construction) and a related description.
The fragment is identified by the initials of the site (HT), the abbreviation Zb,
used for inscriptions engraved on pottery, and a following number.