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Arthur Evans, a British archaeologist of the mid-late 1800’s discovered two documents known as Linear A and Linear B from the Greek island Crete. The two documents are dated from between 1800-1400 B.C.E..

Why does this matter? Because while Linear B was decoded as a form of early ancient Greek, Linear A has remained a mystery since Evans discovered it. Jiaming Luo, Regina Barzilay, and Yuan Cao have been working on machine learning to decipher lost languages. This article highlights their development of the system and how it applies specifically to Linear A & B.