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Connect the 10 matching "Fleece" signs to reveal the Great Pyramid Interior, 3D created by the spiral "background" of the Disk, compared with a 3D model of the Great Pyramid created with computer software. (below)

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If you believe the Phaistos Disk - and I do - it seems the Great Pyramid, the only pyramid at Giza with an interior design, was as big a tourist attraction in the late Mediterranean Bronze Age as it is today, and why wouldn't it be? It was built in their ancient past. Completed no later than about 2560 BCE, it was already at least 1,000 years old when the Minoans toured it, and it had been opened and emptied by looters 500 years before the Phaistos Disk was created! Inside the Pyramid

Long abandoned as a tomb, or perhaps never intended as such, the pyramid might have been a source of income for the pharaohs. By 700 BCE, the pyramid was a well known tourist attraction complete with pyramid guides. The Phaistos Disk seems to roll that date back to at least 1600 BCE, the date the Disk was created and the same date given for the first construction of the 63 tombs in the Valley of the Kings for the pharaohs and nobles. Perhaps lucrative income from pyramid tourism financed part of the construction of the tombs and the vast treasures found therein.

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Phaistos Disk, Great Pyramid, Interior

How did the Minoans have reliable, safe access to the Great Pyramid? This Egyptian mural portrays Minoans bringing gifts of jewelry, metal, vases, and other treasures, probably to the pharaoh, ca. 1600 BCE. Was the Minoan wealth so abundant that it overflowed their own civilization and greatly enriched the Egyptian world? Even so, they would still need some protection to travel openly into the remote vastness of Egypt, 2,600 years before Cairo was even built.

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Interior Cheops


Phaistos Disk pictograph, Nurse Connecting the 10 identical Golden Fleece signs on Side 1 reveals a second pyramid pictograph that appears to be the interior of the Great Pyramid. At the bottom of this pyramid we see, not the violence of Theseus battling the Minotaur as in the Maze of Daedalus but a depiction of love and caring, a woman nursing a baby, illumined by the door leading to the lower level. This might be a depiction of the Egyptian goddess Isis or it may be the Minoan version of this goddess, Rhea.

Greek Warriors banging their shieldsThe Phaistos Disk image of Rhea (above left), and the one to the left, bears the influence of the Isis-Osiris mythology in which Isis, after the death of Osiris, feeds the baby Dictys with her finger while with the other hand she beats her breast in mourning. In Greek/Minoan mythology Great goddess Rhea surrounded her baby Zeus with Warriors beating their shields to drown the cries of the baby so his father Kronos (Time) wouldn't hear him and eat him, as he had all their other children.

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Phaistos Disk pictographs might relate this ancient Minoan myth. This is the story of how the Curetes saved the god Zeus and became his chosen people. Rhea (left with baby on her lap) entrusted the care of her son to five immortal Curetes, also called Dactyls, meaning fingers (the glove). There are exactly five Dactyl pictographs on the Phaistos Disk.

Rhea hid the baby Zeus in a cave on Crete and then invented the Dance of the Labyrinth (Kronou Teknophagia or Crane Dance) to amuse Zeus and to protect him. She surrounded him with warriors banging their shields (the warriors and disk/shield pictograph). Zeus eventually overthrew his hungry father Kronos. Then, Rhea taught the Crane Dance to the Curetes (Cretans), who preserved the tradition and re-enacted the drama in the dance. In this Greek dance, in modern times as in ancient times, the dancers joined hands and one row danced in one direction while the inside row danced in another direction. This might be visualized by this animation of the disk when the warrior signs are connected by lines and the disk is set in motion.

Phaistos Disk in Motion

The disk is spinning clockwise but the inside triangle appears to spin counterclockwise.

Phaistos Disk starThis view of the goddess seems to support the idea that Minoans were at the pyramid to view the goddess, the big star Sirius (right), conceived to be the Goddess Isis-Sothis. My excavation of two pyramids on this disk, one an exterior view and the other an interior view, makes me wonder if there is another pyramid to find, perhaps a view from the top, a prime location to view the goddess. It also encourages me to conclude that the Minoan astronomers and tourists had personal knowledge of the interior of the pyramid, where they went down into the subterranean chamber. Wonder what they did down there, goddess worship?


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Great Pyramid (left), Phaistos Disk pictograph and Great Pyramid interior (right)

PiIs this the pictograph for Pi? The pictograph may be the primitive symbol for Pi, 3.1416, to describe the properties of a circle. The short line of the symbol is the radius (r) of a circle and the long line is the diameter (d). The ratio of the circumference of a circle (c) to its diameter (d=2r) is a constant number called Pi, which equals c divided by 2r+3.1416.

Is this next curiousity just coincidence? The Great Pyramid has an entrance leading to a subterranean chamber. The doorless shed in which the disk was found in Phaistos was entered through a trap door above. Is is possible that, perhaps at one time, another such disk was left in the subterranean chamber of the Great Pyramid but since has been removed and lost? Or perhaps it is still hidden there. (If anyone wants to go look for it, I'm down :)

Cheops has long been claimed as one of the most famous archaeoastronomical sites, and here we see a record of its use. This familiarity with the Great Pyramid might also indicate that the Minoan astronomers knew the pharaoh, which could have been any one of them from Khufu (Cheops) to Merneferre Ai.

World-DiskThe above disk image of the star may also indicate that the Aegean world and the known universe and all it included -- the star Sirius, the 7 planets, the Great Pyramid, Crete, Thera, Egypt -- was conceived of by them as existing inside a vast cosmic pyramid (right) that had its earthly counterpart in the Great Pyramid. This would be consistent with their concept of Duat .


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Vaults in the King's and Queen''s Chambers in the Great Pyramid; Phaistos Disk Pyramid/Vault pictograph

According to the legend associated with the pyramid at Hawara in Egypt, the Minoan inventor Daedalus found it so a-maze-ing that he designed his famous Maze of Daedalus according to this pyramid design. The pyramid succeeded because of the new saddle vault that was used to stabilize it. Did Daedalus design the vault? Is this what the pyramid/vault/carpenter's square sign shows, the current technology of stabilizing a pyramid?

The Minoans were renown commercial and residential architects and builders. Did they help build the Great Pyramid? If they did not help in the building of the pyramid, Daedalus or whoever created the Phaistos Disk certainly knew the location of the door that leads to the subterranean level.


Cheops is compared with Kephren's copycat pyramid (right) that lacks the "Pi" and vault technology. Inside Cheops at the bottom is an entrance to the underground level where a shaft extends deep below the pyramid. On the Phaistos Disk is an image that shows the location of this entrance to the lower shaft level.

Phaistos Disk Pyramid, Interior

Claire Grace Watson's wondrous site is itself a marvelous instance. Those inclined to wonder about past and future ought to see it. (Arsen Darney, Ghulf Genes)

Page 1 - Antique Science of Containment | Many Hidden Patterns

Page 2 - The Tablet | Who Created It? | How to Solve It

Page 3 - Constellation Argo - The Ferry | Khufu Ship | Rope Truss
      Argo Sails Backwards for 2,300 Years!

Page 4 - North Star | Enochian Language
     Linear "A" for Argothic? | Egyptian Influences

Page 5 - Great Pyramid Exterior

Page 6 - Pyramid Interior | Pyramid Goddess
      Archaeoastronomy Site | Vault Technology

Page 7 - Minoan Warriors

Page 8 - Apex and Base

      Minoan Symbols for Star and Constellation

Page 9 - Pyramid Geometry

Page 10 - Maze Solution | Phi Spiral

Page 11 - Conclusion | Unidentified Patterns | Ships of the Sky

Page 12 - Minoan Calendars | Minoan LuniSolar Calendar
      Minoan Zodiac Stellar Calendar | Minoan Sothic Calendar
     Minoan 366-Day Year Calendar

Page 13 - Brilliant Lost World

Page 14 - Origins of the Phaistos Disk | How Was it Made?

Page 15 - Evans Pictographs

Page 16 - Pictographs Numbered | Entire Inscription

Page 17 - It's Full of Stars! | Hoax Defense | Infamous Letter
     Wrong Motivation | Conclusion

Page 18 - Galileo on Philosophy | The Crater of the Whorl
     Remembering the Whorl | Planeism |Tree of Life
     The Arktype Astrology | Waking Whorl and Dream Whorl

Page 19 - The Phaistos Disk | Hidden Patterns | Emerald Table

     Astronomer-Artist | As Above, So Below | Planeism

Page 20 - Crete Invents Modern Astrology

     sexagesimal System | Phi Spiral | Astronomical Ages

     Birthing Stone of Zeus | Watcher Unseen

Page 21 - Phaistos Disk Color Animations

Page 22 - Phaistos Disk Maze of Daedalus
     Daedalus, Cunning Artificer | Palace of Knossos
     Daedalus Invents Images

Page 23 - Animated Geometry
Page 24 - Shield of Achilles

Page 25 - Great Pyramid on the Phaistos Disk

Page 26 - Constellation Argo Sail Backwards for 2,300 Years

Page 27 - North Star, Sirius, the Planets and Stars

Page 28 - 3,600 Year-Old Animation

Page 29 - Phaistos Disk Clay Pictographs

Page 30 - Emerald Table of Hermes Trismegistus

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