Thanks to improvements in the methods and procedures of archaeology, we are learning more about our past cultures forgotten through the passage of time. Before, many discoveries remained a mystery because of then-current methods. That is no longer the case. As a matter of fact, The Inquisitr reported on such discoveries in which it changed history or at least gave a more thorough understanding. This includes a glass paten discovered in Spain which shows the country’s earliest depiction of Jesus Christ and the etchings of the world’s oldest wooden statue being a code to modern man about “the creation of the world.”
Now there are reports that scientists have cracked the mystery behind another artifact which was marred in mystery: the Phaistos Disc. However, reports like to call the artifact the 4,000-year-old “CD-ROM.”
According to Ancient Origins, the Phaistos Disc is a fired clay plate from the 2nd millennium B.C. discovered back in 1908 in a palace known as Paistos on the island of Crete. Both sides of the plate show a spiral of strange stamped symbols which mystified scholars for many years. Now, after more than a century, modern day scholars are one step closer in figuring out what those symbols mean.
Looking closer at the symbols on the Phaistos Disc shows there are 241 picture segments created from 45 unique symbols thought to be similar to Linear A, which is a writing system used in ancient Greece that has yet to be deciphered. Images used includes an eagle, helmet, plumed head, beehive, and many more.
Attempts to decipher its meaning have occurred about thirty times within the last century but according to the Archaeology News Network, Gareth Owens, who is the Erasmus coordinator at the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Crete, has figured out the disk is dedicated to a “mother.” He detailed this information speaking at TEI of Western Macedonia on October 20.
“The most stable word and value is ‘mother,’ and in particular the mother goddess of the Minoan era.”
In more thorough detail, Gareth Owens says there is one complex of signs found in three parts of one side of the disk spelling I-QE-KU-RJA, with I-QE meaning “great lady of importance.” The key word that supposedly appears is AKKA which means “pregnant mother.” Summarized, Owens said one side of the Phaistos Disc is devoted to a pregnant woman while the other side is devoted to a woman giving birth.
The video attached below is Gareth Owens talking about decrypting the Phaistos Disc at TEDxHarklion.
What do you think about the recent discovery of the Phaitos Disc? Do you find it interesting that it is dedicated to a “mother?”
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