The original disc was found at the Minoan palace of Phaistos on Crete, dating to the middle or late Minoan Bronze Age. Made of fired clay, measuring about 15cm in diameter it was covered on both sides with a spiral of stamped symbols. The original is now in the Archaeological museum, Herakleion, Crete.

Its purpose and meaning, and even its original geographical place of manufacture, remain disputed, making it one of the most famous mysteries of archaeology, although many attempts have been made to decipher the code behind the discs signs. 

There are 241 pictograms on the disc, comprising 45 symbols including 'Man, Woman, Child, Bow, Arrow, Shield, Dove' mostly representations of easily identified everyday things. Historically, almost anything has been proposed, including prayers, a narrative or an adventure story, a "psalterion", a call to arms, a board game, and a geometric theorem.

The decoration is the same on both sides.

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dimensions etc Diameter: 1.2cm

Phaistos Disc stud earrings

  • Code: JV-207
  • Status: In Stock
  • £40.00

  • excl tax: £33.33