> I've thought of a couple of other things, so I thought I'd postthem.
> > > >My issue with positioning Tyrrhenian in the Balkans so early is
> > > >that I connect it with the Lefkandi culture, which came in
> > the eastthis
> > > >circa 2300-2200 most likely due to pressure from incoming IE
> > groups. Coming
> > > >from the east, it was probably Anatolian in origin.
> > > So you would claim that the creators of the Minoan palaces were
> > > Tyrrhenian speaking? Crete was populated by the 6th millenium by
> > > people of Asia Minor. Then a new wave of people came. Giving
> > > a linguistic perspective, that would be "First Semitish, thenthese
> > > Tyrrhenian".
> > >
> > > Now, I'm no Cyrus Gordon, nor am I related to him in any way,
> > > but I'm sticking with the idea that Linear A is a Semitoid
> > > language of a certain kind while I'd say that the Phaistos Disk
> > > is written in an Anatolian language. As for what language the
> > > linear scripts were originally intended for, that's a real
> > > caper and even _I_ don't have a solution... Although I'm
> > > thinking ejective stops...
> When do you think this Semitoid language arrived in Crete? Are you
> talking about old neotlithic times, or a new arrival from the levant
> in the third millenium BCE?
> The reason I ask is that in third millenium, tholos tombs started
> appearing in mass quantity on Crete. These tholos tombs are rather
> reminescent of Etruscan tombs, for instance. The appearance of
> tombs roughly corresponds with the appearance of Linear A, if youI
> accept evidence that pushes the age back to this time period. Fine
> goldwork was often found in these tombs, as it was in contemporary
> early Troy.
> Soome say that the Tholos tombs derive from Syrian Halaf culture.
> tihnk there are problems with this, but it might make sense if itcould
> were brought by EBA Levantine traders.
> However, my assumption is that the builders of the Tholos tombs
> brought Linear A. Some say it is a distant cousin of Luwian. An
> Anatolian language, but really not an IE language. I think it
> likely be Tyrrhenian. If it is, then it might have displacedof
> neolithic Semitsh, or some other Anatolian language, for instance.
> Others say the Tholos tombs are connected with Syrian Halaf
> culture. There are some problems with this argument, but it might
> make sense if this was a EBA levantine naval trading community.
> > I like the Semitish first idea fine. Around 3000 BC the style
> > anthrpomorphic carvings changed at some sites in the Aegean area.this
> > notable difference was the lack of the folded arm pose. Wasn't
> > folded arm style used heavily in Phoenician/Canaanite works?______________________________________________________________________
> I don't think I was very clear where I was going with this. What I
> mean is that neolithic Semitish folk might have made the folded arm
> figurines, and then it died out as new cultures and ideas changed
> art/religious conventions.
> > --Mr. Caws
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