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2017 | 23 | 39-46

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Analiza zagadnień związanych z próbami odczytania dysku z Fajstos w kontekście występowania na jego powierzchni zagadkowych wzorów geometrycznych



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Analysis of the issues related to decipherment of the Phaistos disc in the presence of mysterious geometrical patterns appearing on its surface

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The Phaistos disc is a well-known archeological artifact that was found by the Italian scientist Luigi Pernier in 1908 during his excavations in Crete in the ruins of the Minoan palace close to the town of Phaistos. It is believed that the Phaistos disc contains a natural language text written with the use of some kind of a syllabic script. In such a context it seems considerably unusual that some geometrical patterns can be observed on the surface of the side A of the Phaistos disc. The aim of the paper is to try to answer the question whether it is possible that such compound geometrical patterns could appear at random during the process of writing. For this reason, the author has developed a theoretical probabilistic model and conducted some Monte Carlo simulations. The findings strongly suggest that the geometrical patterns were made intentionally and for this reason it is highly possible that the Phaistos disc does not contain any natural language text at all. Thus the results of the conducted research seem to yield convincing evidence to support the argument that this artifact may be a forgery.







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