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P. Z. Revesz, A computational translation of the Phaistos Disk, In: Mathematical Models and Computational Methods (joint proceedings of AMCSE-MMMAS-EAS), Imre J. Rudas, editor, INASE Press, pp. 53--57, Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece, October 2015.
For over a century the text of the Phaistos Disk remained an enigma without a convincing translation. This paper presents a novel semi-automatic translation method that uses for the first time a recently discovered connection between the Phaistos Disk symbols and other ancient scripts, including the Old Hungarian alphabet. The connection between the Phaistos Disk script and the Old Hungarian alphabet suggested the possibility that the Phaistos Disk language may be related to Proto-Finno-Ugric, Proto-Ugric, or Proto-Hungarian. Using words and suffixes from those languages, it is possible to translate the Phaistos Disk text as an ancient sun hymn, possibly connected to a winter solstice ceremony.
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