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It is a mystery that has made archeologists wonder for over a century. It was discovered in 1908 by the Italian archeologist Luigi Pernier at Phaistos of Crete, an ancient town in the south of the island, and you can see it at the archeological museum of Heraklion, not too far away from the AKS Hotels of the region, Annabelle Beach Resort and Minoa Palace. We are of course talking about the Phaistos Disc, that was found buried in the ground in the basement of a palace and is written in an alphabet that we haven’t yet fully deciphered, while we’re sure that the information written on it can shed light on an era about which we know very little.

Every so often, new theories emerge that claim to have solved the mysteries of the Phaistos Disc, that know what this ancient alphabet talks about. We will not be involved in conspiracy theories that talk about aliens or the most ancient text in the world or the unlocking of the mysteries of life. We are (almost) certain) that none of this is true. If nothing else, it isn’t the most ancient text in the world, since it dates back to the seventeenth century BC, whereas in ancient Sumeria, the people there used the cuneiform script already in the fourth millennium BC.

A new theory, however, one that is more believable and reasonable, has begun to appear in the scientific circles. Gareth Owens, linguist and archeologist of the Erasmus Program and the Technical Vocational Institution of Crete, claims that the disc is dedicated to the pregnant goddess, and, specifically, Astarte. The disc then is a religious text that refers to the Egyptian goddess of love. Owens says that the Phaistos Disc has been 90% deciphered, in cooperation with John Coleman, a professor at Oxford University. They used elements of the Mycenaean Linear B in order to be able to read the Linear A of the disc, while it was previously believed that the two scripts weren’t really related, since they might have been symbolizing different languages.

The Phaistos Disc is one of the most important artifacts that have been found in the archeological sites of Crete, since it can shed light on the past and the history of the region. Besides, Crete is famous not only for its excellent beaches and landscapes it shows to people who are on vacation there, but also for the fact that it makes possible for the visitors to travel through time, to palaces like in Knossos and Phaistos.

Use AKS Hotels as your starting point and enjoy an island that can offer the world.

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