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Decrypting the Phaistos Disk: Gareth Owens at TEDxHeraklion

Decrypting the Phaistos Disk: Gareth Owens at TEDxHeraklion

This TED presentation featuring Gareth Owens will definitely interest those who have been fortunate enough to visit the Minoan Museum in Iraklion, Crete. Many great minds have struggled to decipher the text on the Phaistos Disc, found by Sir Arthur Evans in the early 1900s at the ruins of Knossos Palace. From this presentation, one learns that only now an understanding of the inscriptions reflects that they represent a form of prayer to a Minoan deity.

Cryptologists will appreciate the references in the discussion to Bletchley Park, Alan Turing, and others as being influential in achieving progress in understanding the language used, tied to the figures inscribed on the Phaistos Disc.

The TED presentation was held at the Cretan Aquarium, located in a refurbished building on the former Iraklion Air Station, just east of Iraklion, Crete.

Click the link above to see the TED presentation on YouTube.
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About Us

The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. We think you will agree it is truly a "museum like no other."

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a priceless collection of artifacts that represent our Nation's history in code making and code breaking, as well as a world class library of cryptologic media. The NCMF acquires the best artifacts for the NCM and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The NCMF provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and innovation through valued awards, and hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events.

As part of the Foundation's partnership with NSA to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM), the NCMF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCMF and NCM share a joint three-fold mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.