|PHAISTOS DISK MAZE OF DAEDALUS - JOURNEY TO THE GREAT PYRAMID
PHAISTOS DISK SOLUTION - HIDDEN PATTERNS
THEORY OF MINOAN ASTRONOMY AND PRE-EUCLIDEAN GEOMETRY
Page 2 - THIS IS A BRONZE AGE PUZZLE AND THE MOST FAMOUS "INDECIPHERABLE" ARTIFACT IN ARCHAEOLOGY.
OVERLAP THE TWO SIDES TO SOLVE THE PUZZLE.
The Phaistos Disk was excavated in the ruins of Phaistos, Crete, a Mediterranean Bronze Age city, in 1908. It is the most famous maze puzzle in the world except for one - the Maze of Daedalus. It is also the only disk of its kind to survive. The Phaistos Disk probably is an enduring pattern recognition puzzle from the Bronze Age, with plane geometry solutions, calendar applications, and with a pictograph language description of Minoan Crete.
The creator of the maze puzzle made a two-sided clay disk, rather than two disks with one side each of impressions. Putting impressions on both sides of one disk kept the puzzle intact for 3,600 years. The pictographs on the disk were etched into it. 48 unique pictographs are scattered across the disk for a total of 240 impressions. 37 pictographs were repeated, 11 were not.
The etched pictographs made it possible for the creator of the maze puzzle to present the disk puzzle for solution, and then when the solution was impossible to find, the creator could have stamped each side of the disk into wet sand in a certain pattern so that the solution was suddenly easy to see. It must have been amazing for the people who saw it. It amazes me endlessly. And that also is a good way to describe the disk - an endless figure 8 maze.
"But the perishable nature of the materials on which picture-writing, having for most part only a temporary value, was usually wrought has been fatal to the survival of primitive European pictographs on any large scale. If we had before us the articles of bark and hide and wood of early man in this quarter of the globe or could still see the tattoo marks on his skin we should have a very different idea of the part once played by picture-writing on European soil. As it is, it is 'right' that the imagination should supply the deficiency of existing evidence." (Cretan Pictographs and Prae-Phonecian Script Arthur J. Evans, M.A., F.S.A.)
Did the world-famous Minoan inventor Daedalus create this disk? People might have come from miles around to see it. If only we could look back in time, back through the stars, we might see the civilization of Minoan Crete and the people arriving at Knossos Palace during the festival of Dionysis. Perhaps the disk was as famous then as it is now. In fact, there is some chance it is the lost Maze of Daedalus, created by the famous genius himself. People would marvel at it as Daedalus showed them this maze puzzle, flipping it from side to side so they could see it, challenging them to find the solution to the maze. If they solved it they perhaps would win a prize. If not, they might pay to see the solution, which was easy enough to display.
Daedalus would stamp one side into the sand and then stamp the other side beside it, overlapping the line segments as shown above. Then he would trace with his finger the spirals around and around to show the uninterrupted movement from the center of one spiral to the center of another. The reenactment of the creation of the disk and the people who came to see it is included in The Shadow Breakers, a work of fiction by this author that incorporates 22 images of the Phaistos Disk.
Phaistos Disk, ca 1,600 BCE, sides 1 and 2, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete seems to preserve Pyramids, Stars, Constellations, Geometries, everyday life in the Minoan World, and perhaps a conjecture about the sun and the solar system
Phaistos Disk, Sides 1 and 2, my exact tracing
I think it's considered indecipherable because scholars approach it as hieroglyphics, but it's pictographs, or picture writing, inscribed into clay to create a pattern recognition puzzle that can be solved. Displayed on this web site is my solution to this ingenious puzzle.
The two sides placed side-by-side this way show how to position the bottom disk (side 2) onto the top disk (side 1) at the matching vertical line segments to create the Minoan wave spiral. You can't solve it by leaving it intact as a two-sided disk unless your imagination is pretty good, so apparently the puzzle, during its day, was created by pressing the disk into the sand, probably wet sand.
Although most photographs of the disk create the appearance of raised pictographs, they are instead carved into the disk, so that pressing the disk into wet sand would create raised pictographs to present the puzzle, and then lines could be drawn in the sand to reveal the hidden, large pictographs. I believe it was such a famous puzzle that it became known thoughout time as the Maze of Daedalus.
"The same development from the simple pictographic to the hieroglyphic or quasi-alphabetic stage might naturally have been expected to have taken place in more than one European area had it not been cut short by the invasion of the fully equipped Phoenician system of writing...Even as it is however, it must be allowed that there are strong a priori reasons for believing that in the Greek lands where civilization put forth its earliest blossoms on European soil, some such parallel evolution in the art of writing must have been in the course of working itself out." (Cretan Pictographs and Prae-Phonecian Script Arthur J. Evans, M.A., F.S.A.)
Is the Phaistos Disk actually the legendary Maze of Daedalus, and we just don't realize it?
The Phaistos Disk, located but not explained, is probably the most famous maze in the world
except for the Maze of Daedalus, explained but not located. In the Phaistos Disk we have the artifact but not the narrative. In the
Maze of Daedalus we have the narrative but not the artifact. (Right, Daedalus the inventor pictured as Greek.)
It seems possible to me that something found as an artifact today could be so remarkable when it was created that an entire mythology could
grow up around it and endure for thousands of years. The mythology could have passed down to us while the artifact was lost.
If the artifact was later found, then it might be possible to connect it to the ancient legend surrounding it. And as it involves the Minoan inventor Daedalus,
the world's greatest inventor, then it could be possible the Minoan Phaistos Disk was his most famous invention - the Maze of Daedalus - from which his legend grew.
HOW TO SOLVE THE PUZZLE
240 PICTOGRAPHS INSIDE 2 5-RING SPIRALS COVER THE 2-SIDED DISK. 48 UNIQUE PICTOGRAPHS WERE USED TO CREATE THE 240 PICTOGRAPHS. THEY WERE REPEATED MANY TIMES OVER AND APPEAR TO BE IDENTICAL.
The patterns revealed appear to be postcards in clay from the Bronze Age perfectly preserved on the Phaistos Disk, a 3,600 year-old pottery art masterpiece.
Page 1 - Antique Science of Containment |
Many Hidden Patterns
Page 2 - The Tablet |
Who Created It? |
How to Solve It
Page 3 - Constellation Argo - The Ferry |
Khufu Ship |
Argo Sails Backwards for 2,300 Years!
Page 4 - North Star |
Linear "A" for Argothic? |
Page 5 - Great Pyramid Exterior
Page 6 - Pyramid Interior |
Archaeoastronomy Site |
Page 7 - Minoan Warriors
Page 8 - Apex and Base
Minoan Symbols for Star and Constellation
Page 9 - Pyramid Geometry
Page 10 - Maze Solution |
Page 11 - Conclusion |
Unidentified Patterns |
Ships of the Sky
Page 12 - Minoan Calendars |
Minoan LuniSolar Calendar
Minoan Zodiac Stellar Calendar |
Minoan Sothic Calendar
Minoan 366-Day Year Calendar
Page 13 - Brilliant Lost World
Page 14 - Origins of the Phaistos Disk |
How Was it Made?
Page 15 - Evans Pictographs
Page 16 - Pictographs Numbered |
Page 17 - It's Full of Stars! | Hoax Defense | Infamous Letter
Wrong Motivation | Conclusion
Page 18 - Galileo on Philosophy | The Crater of the Whorl
Remembering the Whorl | Planeism |Tree of Life
The Arktype Astrology | Waking Whorl and Dream Whorl
Page 19 - The Phaistos Disk! | Hidden Patterns | Emerald Table
Astronomer-Artist | As Above, So Below | Planeism
Page 20 - Crete Invents Modern Astrology
Sexigesimal System | Phi Spiral | Astronomical Ages
Birthing Stone of Zeus | Watcher Unseen
Page 21 - Phaistos Disk Color Animations
Page 22 - Phaistos Disk Maze of Daedalus
Daedalus, Cunning Artificer | Palace of Knossos
Daedalus Invents Images
Page 23 - Animated Geometry
Page 24 - Shield of Achilles
Page 25 - Great Pyramid on the Phaistos Disk
Page 26 - Constellation Argo Sail Backwards for 2,300 Years
Page 27 - North Star, Sirius, the Planets and Stars
Page 28 - 3,600 Year-Old Animation
Page 29 - Phaistos Disk Clay Pictographs
Page 30 - Emerald Table of Hermes Trismegistus
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