The Mysterious Phaistos Disc

The Phaistos Disc is an enigmatic disk of fired clay discovered in the Minoan palace of Phaistos on the Greek island of Crete, possibly dating to the middle or late Minoan Bronze Age (second millennium BC). The disc is about 15 cm in diameter and covered on both sides with a spiral of stamped symbols. The purpose and the meaning of these symbols have been the source of much fascination and dispute among scholars for the past hundred years.

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The side A of the disc of Phaistos, as displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. Photo: C messier/Wikimedia


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