A circular, terra-cotta tablet, some six to seven inches in diameter, found
in Crete in July 1908 and dating from about 1700 BC.
The Phaistos disk bears 45 different symbols or characters and 242 symbols
in all. These symbols are stamped on the two sides along spiral lines that
divide the face into five coils. The characters are pictorial but have no
association with Cretan pictographs. There is no trace outside Crete of
a similar script, and its origin is obscure.
| The two sides of the Phaistos disk,
photos of a replica
Credit: Randal Nelson, University of Rochester
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