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ABETS 3

Cretan Pictographs
2,800 BCE

Early Minoan pictorial mark-


making
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OGRAPHS 3

A possible
basis for later
alphabetic
forms because
of its visual
similarities

C R E TA N P I C T O G R A P H S C O M P A R E D T O T H E L A N G U A G E S T H E Y I N F
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OGRAPHS 3

Figures, arms, body parts, animals, plants, geometric shapes

About 135 pictographs survive

C R E TA N P I C T O G R A P H S L I N E A R B SY L L A B A R Y M Y C E N A E A N G R E E K
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OGRAPHS 3

Phaistos Disk
241 hieroglyphic tokens

Hatchet, eagle, carpenters


square, animal skin, vase

Relief impressions in terra


cotta

Origin of movable type?

P H A I S T O S D I S K M I N O A N C I V I L I Z AT I O N E X C AVAT E D I N 1 9 0 8 ,
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OGRAPHS 3

P H A I S T O S D I S K A N D SY M B O L

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