minoan palace of phaistos

The Phaistos Disc is a disk of fired clay from the Minoan palace of Phaistos on the island of Crete, possibly dating to the middle or late Minoan Bronze Age (second millennium B.C.). The disk is about 15 cm (5.9 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. This unique object is now on display at the archaeological museum of Heraklion.

Phaistos Disc

Made of fried clay, this is one of the most famous mysteries of archaeology. It was discovered by Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier (1908) in the basement of a building in the Minoan palace-site of Phaistos, near Hagia Triada.

There are 242 tokens on the disc, 45 of which are unique signs. Some have been deciphered, while others remain a complete mystery.S ome scholars believe that the symbols resemble codes of Linear A and Linear B–scripts once used in ancient Crete. The only problem? Linear A also eludes decipherment. Today the disc remains one of the most famous puzzles of archaeology.