Crete's celebrated Phaistos Disk, discovered in 1908 and dated to ca. 1600 B.C., will seemingly forever be that «permanent thorn in the flesh of Minoan epigraphists.» Yet a comprehensive internal analysis of its 241 pictographic characters in the 61 inward-spiraling «fields» or sign groupings reveals an unmistakable and describable linguistic structure, which, in conjunction with cognate script comparisons, prevails a retrieval of the pictograms' underlying sound values. The present study concentrates on this intricate step-by-step process of internal analysis and phonetic retrieval.
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