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On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 12:47 PM, R A Brown<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Why has no thermoluminescence test been done to establish its age and,
> indeed, whether it's genuine or not?

Supposedly because the test process might damage the artifact.  Also,
it would only tell us when it was fired, not when it was formed... it
is possible (though perhaps unlikely) that there was a significant gap
there.

The big problem is the complete lack of anything like the Disc to
corroborate its authenticity.  Some of the symbols unquestionably show
up elsewhere in Phaistos inscriptions (these aren't the "kinda looks
like" mappings that have been made to other scripts), but only a few.

If someone did develop moveable type 3700 years ago, it's a darn shame
they used it exactly once and then threw it away, making the world
wait another two millennia before its rediscovery...

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Mark J. Reed <[log in to unmask]>