Friday, December 14, 2012

The results of scientific research to decode the Phaistos Disc -the Enigma of Minoan Crete- are now available online at the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Crete website.

The researchers’ team -coordinated by Dr. Gareth Alun Owens, of the TEI of Crete, and John Coleman, Professor of Phonetics at Oxford University- has confirmed that the Phaistos Disc is indeed a religious text written in the Minoan Language.

Using as a reference the decipherment of Linear B by Michael Ventris, the team believes that they may be able to 'read' 95% of the signs on the Phaistos Disk, using sound values from Mycenaean Linear B (via Minoan Linear A and Minoan "Cretan Hieroglyphics").

The Phaistos Disc -on display at the Archaeological Museum of Herakleion- is a circular pictographic script, unique in its kind, discovered in 1908 in the northern wing of the Minoan Palace of Phaistos, on the island of Crete.

Dr Gareth Owens presented the team’s results to the Mayor of Festos, Maria Petrakogiorgi on November 30, on the occasion of the 99th anniversary of Crete’s union with Greece in 1913, which is celebrated annually on December 1. Greek News Agenda: Herakleion Museum Re-Opened