IT’S ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS MYSTERIES IN ARCHEOLOGY. It’s the Phaistos Disc. It is a disk of fired clay from the Minoan palace of Phaistos on the Greek island of Crete, possibly dating to the middle or late Minoan Bronze Age. So it’s about four thousand years old. @ Heraklion Museum of Archeology.
Discovered in 1908, the Phaistos Disc is a disk of fired clay from the Minoan palace of Phaistos on the Greek island of Crete, possibly dating to the middle or late Minoan Bronze Age. It is about 6 in. in diameter and covered on both sides with a spiral of stamped symbols. Its purpose and meaning, and even its original geographical place of manufacture, remain disputed, making it one of the most famous mysteries of archaeology.
Phaistos Disc--discovered in 1908 by Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier in the Minoan palace site of Phaistos. The disc is made of fired clay and contains mysterious symbols that may represent an unknown form of hieroglyphics. It is dated to the second millennium b.c.e.
The Phaistos Disc is an enigma, a circular clay disc covered with inscribed symbols on both sides that are unlike any signs in any known writing system. It was discovered in the ancient city of Phaistos in Southern Crete in 1908. It is thought to date to around 1700 BC.