Thursday, July 05, 2007

Thursday Take-out

Ok's this weeks Thursday Take-out object. Leave your guesses in the comments. I need its Archaeological name and date of origin.

Good Luck!


The Phaistos Disc.

This strange object was unearthed in the ruins of the ancient city of Phaistos, in Crete, in 1908. Numerous mysteries surround the Disc's origin and meaning, which has apparently not yet been conclusively deciphered. (Claims of deciphering have been advanced, with some claiming the Disc's writing is a prayer, while others maintain that it is a mathematical proof. Details here and here.) The Disc's nature is mysterious partly because no other similar artifacts have ever been found, and because the nature of the characters inscribed on the Disc -- showing little, if any, variation -- imply that the Disc may actually have been "struck" as an example of ancient typography. The Disc dates to 1700 BC.

Nice job BobG and Mrs. J.!


meleah rebeccah said...

things that are old / things that are gold / things that are engraved

The answer is:

(I have no idea so I decided to play the 100,000 pyramid instead)

BobG said...

The Phaistos disk; from about the 17 century BC.

vw bug said...

And I thought it was something my boys made... ;-) Like it says on the web: "A code which is still undeciphered," Which is how I feel when my boys show me most of their drawings. ;-)

dragonlady474 said...

Goldbloom's first paycheck!

The Sarcasticynic said...

A translation of setting the clock on a VCR, circa 1983.

Editor said...

Aztec Pizza?

cmk said...

The key to deciphering my handwriting. And, no, NO ONE--including myself--can figure it out. :)