The Arkalochori Axe is a 2nd millennium BC Minoan bronze votive double axe (labrys) excavated by Spyridon Marinatos in 1934 in the Arkalochori cave on Crete, which is believed to have been used for religious rituals. It is inscribed with fifteen symbols.
Of the fifteen signs, two appear to be unique. The following suggestions for comparison with Linear A and Phaistos Disc glyphs are attributed to Torsten Timm (2004). Reading top to bottom, right to left, the symbols are:
|№||Sign||Comment||Linear A||Phaistos Disc|
|01||A 304 KA ??|
|06||AB05 TO ??|
|09||AB04 TE ?||D35|
|11||AB31 SA ??||D19|
|12||cf. 08||AB80 MA|
|13||AB06 NA ??||D23|
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Note that reading top to bottom, right to left after turning the inscription counterclockwise gives a different sequence and numbering of the glyphs. The alternative sequence is suggested to be translatable as a text with a dedicatory offering to Tammuz.