Contribution to Book
There are approximately two hundred identified Cypro-Minoan inscriptions (excluding potmarks). Most are very short (one or two sequences totaling fewer than ten signs). They are impressed, incised, or painted on a variety of objects and materials in an assortment of lengths and formats and are found in a diversity of contexts widely dispersed across the island of Cyprus and at Ras Shamra-Ugarit on the mainland. They span the entire Late Bronze Age (16th-11th centuries BC) and perhaps continue into the very early Iron Age.
The earliest discoveries were made at the end of the 19th century; most recently, Cypro-Minoan has been recognized at Ras Shamra-Ugarit and perhaps at Ashkelon. The script has not been deciphered, and any claims to have done so are premature, for the extant corpus is too limited, and there is no bilingual.
Eric H. Cline
Oxford University Press
Hirschfeld, N. (2010). Cypro-Minoan. In E. H. Cline (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean (pp. 373-384). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean