Aegean Linear B
units of mass, ~1450 – 1200 bce

The magnitude of the 𐄷 has been estimated from a marked standard weight found at Knossos and from the weights of ingots. The finds suggest a weight around 29,000 grams. Obviously, the estimates of mass are rough, and here they are rounded off.

 

       

𐄷 or L (talent)

 

𐂝 or LANA (wool only)

10

 

𐄸 or M (double mina)

3

30

𐄹 or N (half mina)

4

12

120

 

𐄺 or P

12

48

144

1440

𐄻 or Q

6?

72

288

864

8640

3.36?
g

20
g

250
g

1
kg

3
kg

29-30
kg

for further reading

Emmett L. Bennett, Jr.
Fractional quantities in Minoan bookkeeping.
American Journal of Archaeology, vol 54, no. 3, pages 204-222 (July - Sept., 1950).

J. T. Killen.
The Wool Industry of Crete in the Lower Bronze Age.
Annual of the British School of Athens, vol. 59, pages 1-15. (1964)

John Chadwick.
Documents in Mycenaean Greek. 2nd edition.
First edition by Michael Ventris and John Chadwick.
Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press, 1973.

See in particular pages 53-58.

Maurizio Del Freo, Marie-Louise Nosch and Françoise Rougemont.
The terminology of textiles in the Linear B tablets, including some considerations on Linear A logograms and abbreviations.
In
C. Michel and M.-L. Nosch, editors.
Textile Terminologies in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean from the Third to the First Millennia BC.
Ancient Textiles Series, vol. 8.
Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2010.

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