Show Notes: The Phaistos Disk

Tracy Wilson

The Phaistos Disk. Image by © Leemage/Corbis

The Phaistos Disk, found on Crete in the early 1900s, has puzzled researchers and stirred up controversy for decades. The small, two-sided disk is stamped with pictograms, shapes and a spiral line. People have put forth piles of theories about what all those designs mean over the years - but it could just be a hoax.

Here's Gareth Owens' audio interpretation of the disk.

We have a pile of listener mail today from Perry, Penny and Liam, plus a correction. (Valerie Solanis did shoot Andy Warhol, but did not kill him.)

Episode link: The Phaistos Disc of Minoan Crete

Holly's research:

  • "Linear A and Linear B". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2015. Web.
  • "History of Minoan Crete."
  • "Voice of Phaistos Disk."
  • Cartwright, mark. "Phaistos Disk." Ancient History Encyclopedia. June 28, 2012.
  • Haughton, Brian. "Hidden History: Lost Civilizations, Secret Knowledge and Ancient Mysteries." Career Press. Dec. 26, 2006. Accessed online:
  • Howard, Jacquelin. "Scientists Finally Crack the Code of the 'Phaistos Disk.'" Huffington Post. October 28, 2014.
  • Ngo, Robin. "Phaistos Disk Deciphered? Not Likely, Say Scholars." Bible History Daily. Oct. 30, 2014.
  • Owens, Gareth. "Decrypting the Phaistos Disk: Gareth Owens at TEDxHeraklion." TedX Talks. May 23, 2014.
  • TEI of Crete - Daidalika.
  • Tierney, John. "A Fake Ancient Disc?" New York Times - Tierney Lab. July 30, 2008.
  • Tierney, John. "Why not test the Phaistos Disc?" New York Times - Tierney Lab. Aug. 7, 2008.
  • Younger, John G. "Gareth Owens and His Decipherment of the Phaistos Disc."

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