The 'first CD-ROM': Decrypting the 4,000-year-old Phaistos Disk

Thousands of years before the advent of CDs, ancient people were using disks to store information.

Now, one expert has described the Phaistos Disk – a mysterious circular clay tablet with a spiral inscription – as the ‘first Minoan CD-ROM', because of the way the pictorial markings are laid out.

He claims the disk features a prayer to mother, which is recorded using an ancient language made up of signs, including what looks like a plumed head, a child and even a beehive.

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Gareth Owens has studied Classics & Ancient History at UCL, and has received a Phd from EKPA on the Structure of the Minoan Language. For the last 6 years, he focuses on the Enigma of the Phaistos Disk. «We can now 'read' and 'hear' 90% of the Disk.