Malia altar stone

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The Malia altar stone is a stone slab bearing an inscription in Cretan hieroglyphs, excavated in Malia, Crete. The stone has a cuplike cavity and is thought to be a Minoan altar stone. Of the 16 glyphs of the inscription, three occur twice each.

The inscription is the only known instance of Cretan hieroglyphs on stone.


  • Chapouthier, Fernand, Inscription hiéroglyphique gravée sur un bloc de calcaire, Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique 62 (1938), 104-109.