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The difference between cuneiform and the Phaistos disc is the
difference between writing wiith a pen and carving a set of ink
stamps, one per letter...

On 6/5/09, RoseRose <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> there's a big difference methinks between moveable type and printing, and
> the impression of marks or pictures on clay.  cunieform of course.  would
> that be the earliest?  meaningful marks pressed into clay.
> still think it has something to do with pizza or gigh speed pizza delivery.
> (see glyphs)  ;--}
>
> On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 1:08 PM, Mark J. Reed <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> 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...
>>
>> --
>> Mark J. Reed <[log in to unmask]>
>>
>

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