The all Important Phaistos Disc

31 Oct



The Phaistos disc was discovered in l908 by the Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier in the Minoan pre-formed hieroglyphic “seals” into a disc of soft clay, in a clockwise sequence spiraling towards the disc’s center.

The Phaistos disc captured the imagination of amateur and professional archaeologists, and many attempts have been made to decipher the code behind the disc’s signs. While it is not clear that it is a script, most attempted decipherments  assume that it is; most additionally assume a syllabary , others an alphabet or logography.

Attempts at decipherment  are generally thought to be unlikely to succeed unless more examples of the signs are discovered, as it is generally agreed that there is not enough context available for a meaningful analysis. However more news has come to light recently with regard to the decipherment of The Phaistos Disc.

The Phaistos Disc 2

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Close-up section of the Phaistos Disc.


The deciphering of the Phaistos Disc has puzzled specialists for over a century, however new findings describe the disc as the ” first Minoan CD- ROM ”  featuring a prayer to a mother, says Gareth Owens, Erasmus coordinator  at the  Technological  Educational Institute, speaking at the TEI of Western Macedonia  on Monday, said the disc is dedicated to a “mother”

“The most stable word and value is ‘mother’, and in particular the mother goddess of the Minoan era, ” said Dr.Owens. He says there is one complex of signs found in three parts of one side of the disc spelling l -QE – KU – RJA, with l-QE meaning ‘”great lady of importance” while a key word appears to be AKKA or “pregnant mother”,  according to the researcher. One side is devoted to a pregnant woman and the other to a woman giving birth.

The Phaistos disc was discovered in the Minoan palace-site of Phaistos ,near Hagia Triada, on the south coast of Crete; specifically the disc was found in the basement of room 8 in building 101 of a group of buildings to the north east of the main palace. This grouping of four rooms also served as a formal entry into the palace complex. Italian archaeologist  Luigi Pernier recovered this remarkable intact ” dish,”  about 15 cm in diameter and uniformly slightly more than one centimeter in thickness, on July 3rd 1908 during his excavation of the first Minoan palace. It was found in the main cell of an underground ” temple depository”. These basement cells, only accessible from above, were neatly covered with a layer of fine plaster. There content was poor  in precious artifacts but rich in black earth and ashes, mixed with burnt bovine bones.

In the northern part of the main cell, in  the same black layer, a few inches south-east of the disc and about twenty inches above the floor, Linear A tablet PH-1 was also found. The site apparently collapsed  as a result of an earthquake, possibly linked with the explosive eruption of the Santorini volcano  that affected large parts of the Mediterranean region in mid second millennium BC.





Posted by on October 31, 2014 in Uncategorized



12 responses to “The all Important Phaistos Disc

  1. vallance22

    October 31, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I suspected that this disk was in Minoan, or so it would appear. And IF this is true, we have the first real handle on the decipherment of Linear A, which Rita and I should eventually be investigating, perhaps later in 2015. But for now we have other things on our mind re. Linear B and I on Linear C. FANTASTIC POST Rita!


  2. vallance22

    October 31, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Reblogged this on Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae and commented:
    I suspected that this disk was in Minoan, or so it would appear. And IF this is true, we have the first real handle on the decipherment of Linear A, which Rita and I should eventually be investigating, perhaps later in 2015. But for now we have other things on our mind re. Linear B and I on Linear C. FANTASTIC POST Rita!


  3. ritaroberts

    November 1, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Thanks for your nice comment Richard. As you say, maybe we can tackle this later.


    • vallance22

      November 2, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      Yeah, let-s give them the gears! ha ha! only kidding. BUT we can each draw our own conclusions, and we certainly do not have to agree on everything. In fact, it is probably better if we do not, because we (meaning everyone) is dealing with an UNKNOWN, and who am I to say I know more about an unknown than you or anyone else! as if…


  4. ritaroberts

    January 16, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Reblogged this on Ritaroberts's Blog.


  5. Linnea Tanner

    January 16, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Thank you for posting this fascinating article about the Phaistos Disc. What is most intriguing is how the text is presented in a circular form vs. the block form of modern writing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • ritaroberts

      January 18, 2021 at 12:38 pm

      Thank you for commenting Linnea Some Scholars think it a fake others have tried decoding it with out much success. However, I am thinking I would like to try my luck at it It’s so fascinating.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. dorannrule

    January 18, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    This ancient relic is so fascinating and made so by your inspiring presentation.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. ritaroberts

    January 18, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Thank you so much for your nice comment Dora. Yes it is so fascinating I want to try and decode it.So many scholars have tried without success so maybe I haven’t a chance.Never the less I shall have a go.


  8. Peter Aleff

    January 24, 2021 at 9:09 am

    See the series of articles “The Phaistos Disk: A New Approach” which was publishes in the online journal You will find links to some of those articles near the bottom of my home page where we show that it featured the sequence of fields from an ancient gameboard similar to that for the Egyptian Senet. Enjoy the reading! Peter Aleff


    • ritaroberts

      January 24, 2021 at 9:31 am

      Thank you Peter for your comment and information about your book. It certainly looks interesting. I live in Crete so have taken an interest in the disc. I have been studying the Linear B scripts which has led to my interest in the disc because it is thought there are some Linear B and Linear A on the disc. Regards Rita Roberts



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