Disque de Phaistos
Disque de Phaistos
The enigmatic inscribed clay Phaistos Disc takes pride of place in the history of Cretan scripts.
It bears forty-five pictorial signs, arranged in differents combinations into sixty-one groups,
separated by incised lines, presumably representing words.
The signs were stamped in a spiral configuration on both sides of the disc by seals on soft clay.
Experts have not yet come to any definitive conclusions regarding the contents of the inscription and its relationship to Cretan scripts.
The repetition of certain combination of signs provides the most persuasive evidence that the inscription is a hymn or a text of magic character.
Early 17th century BC.
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