The Knossos corpus of Linear B inscribed documents is the largest found anywhere. The first entry in the ‘Inventory of Inscriptions and Sealings’ of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum Prehistoric Collections is a Linear B tablet, stated as excavated by Arthur Evans, published by Luigi Pernier in Monumenti Antichi dei Lincei, and exhibited in the old showcase 44. Among the rest of the inventoried tablets, feature prominently the tablets from the Room of the Chariot tablets, some of the earliest Linear B inscriptions excavated by Evans. While 9947 pieces on the whole have been officially published in the COMIK, the Heraklion Museum holdings comprise a corpus of 10126 tablet fragments, as of today. The count of the more or less complete is estimated to approximately 3400, but work on joins over the past few decades has altered the number of documents (Palaima – Melena 2001).
In particular, many of the Knossian tablets are small incomplete or even minuscule fragments of clay documents, which were studied gradually. For instance, the so-called 5000-Series had not been recorded by Evans in his Handlist of tablets or other excavation notes in the Ashmolean Museum. They were eventually numbered by E.L. Bennett, Jr., 5000-6068 and first published in Scripta Minoa II by early 1952 and, more extensively, in KT0 and KT1 (see Firth – Melena 2000-2001). Moreover, numerous fragments that Ventris had studied in 1955 were re-discovered in the Heraklion Museum in 1984 along with old uninscribed clay pieces. These were numbered 9001-9947 and 10001-10009, and formed the focus of a project of Joins by an international team of Mycenologists (see 20 Raccords de Fragments dans les tablettes de Cnossos; Melena 1996). The project has made many significant associations between Linear B fragments, which often take the form of actual physical joins between fragments that were accordingly mended and stored together; in other cases, though, they represent suggested joins between fragments that do not fit together physically, although they probably belong to one and the same inscription. The latter ‘quasi-joins’ are sometimes stored separately in the drawers of the Heraklion Museum collection.
Dr. Georgia Flouda
Head of the Department of Minoan and Prehistoric Antiquities, Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Ak 828 Ap 5864 As 1516
Da 1156 Da 1163 Da 1164 Da 1170 Da 1172 Da 1173 lat inf Da 1173 recto Da 1341 Da 1341 join
Da 1352 Da 1378 Da 1495 Da 8201 Db 1159 Db 1160 Db 1344 Db 1464 Db 1507
Dd 1157 Dd 1342 Dd 1429 Dd 5174 De 1184 De 1184 verso De 1585 Dg 1158 Dg 5185
Dk 1067 Dm 1180 Dm 1184 Dn 1094 Dp 1061 Dq 7126 Dq 7137 Dq 7852 De 1085
Dv 1509 Dv 1607 Dv 5075 Dv 5322 Dv 8413 Dv 8742 Dv 9568 Dv 9591 Dv 9603
Dv 9603 verso Dv 9604
E 36 E 669
F 51 recto F 51 verso F 841 F 852
Ga 416 Ga 421 Ga 1536 Ga 7367 Gg 701 Gg 708 Gg 708 verso
L 469 L 695 L 8025 Lc 504 recto Lc 504 verso Lc 546 Le 641 Le 5629
Od 502 Od 681 Od 765 Og 180 recto Og 180 verso
Sd 4406 Sd 4413 So 4448
V 655 V 1583
Wb 2001 recto Wb 2001 verso
X 522 X 697 X 6029 X 7546 X 7554 X 7629 X 7749 X 8502 X 9020
X 9196 X 9209 X 9375 X 9721 Xd 107 Xd 149 Xd 149 verso Xd 7914 Xf 5104
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