This very fragmentary tablet may be dated approximatively to LM IIIA (XIV cent. BC). The related find-spot and the scribe who compiled it are both unknown. In all probability, this was originally a ‘palm-leaf’ tablet. The only syllabograms preserved read pa-i-to[ /Phaistos/ (: Φαιστός).
The presence of this toponym alone, in initial position, does not provide a significant clue as to the general content, since toponyms may often be found initially in numerous ‘palm-leaf’ tablets in the Knossian archive (such as in Dm and Pp series, or several texts of the C series).
However, taking into consideration current knowledge on scribal hands, it seems possible to discard the hypothesis that this tablet was compiled by one of the more well-known scribes, such as H 117 or H 103. Consequently, since these are the scribes who are known for certain to have been involved in the recording of large quantities of sheep, wool and clothes, it would seem unlikely that the tablet X 7629 had to do with such subjects.
Pa-i-to: toponym, in the locative (/ nominative of rubric). This is a place name of pre-Greek origin, generally interpreted as /Phaistos/ (: Φαιστόϛ). The geographical localization in the plain of the Mesara, to the south of river Ieropotamos, is unanimously accepted.
It is likely that this very fragmentary tablet originally showed a ‘palm-leaf’ shape. Its right side is completely missing. Only two syllabograms are preserved, pa and i, while the syllabogram to is partially fractured.
It measures ca. 2.5 x 2 x 1 cm.
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