The mysterious Phaistos Disc: a lost message from the ancient world

Scholars have been puzzled for more than a century by the spirals of strange pictograms on this 4,000-year-old artefact of the Minoan civilisation

In July 1908, the Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier, during excavations at the site of the Palace of Phaistos on the south coast of Crete, discovered a small disc of baked clay in a basement cell.

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Geoff Ward

Geoff Ward

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Writer, poet, tutor and mentor in literature and creative writing (MA and BA Hons degrees in English literature), book editor, journalist and musician.