Phaistos-RichardHeath-2004I came to Crete in 2004 and had enjoyed Alan Butler's Bronze-Age Computer Disk - one of a number of interpretations of the Disk that were not linguistic. At Heraklion Museum, then unrefurbished, I had a photo shoot in which the disk was captured (right) but what captured me was what I came to call the Disk of Chronos. I shelled out for Thomas balistier's book The Phaistos Disk: An Account of its Unsolved Mystery (trans. from German) but did not return to the famous disk until recently when I found a souvenir in a charity shop. 

Wikipedia on Phaistos Disk proved very helpful, especially a summary of decoding attempts. There I found a link to Analyzing and dating the structure of the Phaistos Disk by Wolfgang Reczko who alerted me to the eighteen blocks in the inner spirals and twelve block around the perimeter - each indicating a little left over. This allows me to interpret the disk, as Reczko had, as a device recording how to count the Saros eclipse cycle, but my recent work on numeracy and how 222 lunar months could be employed for such counting and past relationship with counting the Saturnian year of 364 days, improves the matter. So this became an article at MegalithicScience.org and then on my Academia.org as a draft with discussion board.

DISCUSSIONS: It is not easy to find a reliable platform for information-led discussion and Academia.org might be heading there. They need to make the discussion publicly viewable whilst arranging contributors through invitation or by request. I would like to be able to have discussions on articles but usually turning on such features is not attractive in the right way and attracts unconstructive comments and can sometimes distress the mechanism for publishing articles in the first place. Both wikipedia and academia deserve some encouragement, wikipedia being very helpful for research but also aspects of preparing books for publications. So I donate modestly to that. Academia have spun out of Scribd, by seeing that papers were a major part of legal uploading of documents, so I am trying their premium service to see what they can come up with. 

TAGGING: A new form of tagging at Megalithic Science.org seems again to integrate its pages. I first used tagging for my uploading of BAR Thom surveys of stone circles, data provided by Euan Mackie. It enabled regional and type information to be intergrated with a few white papers from me. This time I am tagging using Calendar types such as eclipse, Sun/Moon, Metonic, Circumpolar, Nodal and so on. Tags appear at the head of articles and each can be clicked on to see all articles bearing that same tag. This is a bit like clouds only it is an in page rather than in margin mechanism.