4 September 2008, JellyBean @ 7:36 am

Archeologists from St. Petersburg have unearthed a mysterious disc, dating back to the Bronze age.

The sandstone disc was discovered near the town of Tuapse (Krasnodar territory) during archeaological excavations of a dolmen. The dolmen was covered by a 3-meter thick soil layer. The dolmen and the treasures have been undisturbed for about 4 thousand years.

The disk is 27 cm in diameter, and at its centre it has several symbols, the meaning of which is still unclear. Scientists suggest that some of the signs could symbolise the Sun and Moon, and the mysterious disc could have served as an astrological device for the ancient inhabitants of the region.

The disk is reminiscent of the Phaistos disk from the Minoan palace of Phaistos. It is about 15 cm in diameter and covered on both sides with a spiral of stamped symbols. Its purpose and meaning, and even its original geographical place of manufacture, remain disputed, making it one of the most famous mysteries of archaeology. It is currently housed in the archaeological museum of Heraklion in Crete, Greece.

Another set of mysterious disk are the Dropa stones. According to Erich von Däniken, one Chi Pu Tei, a professor of archeology at Beijing University, in 1938 was on an expedition with his students to explore a series of caves in the Bayan Kara Ula range of the Himalayan mountains, near Qinghai region.

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His team supposedly hundreds of 30 cm wide stone discs – referred to as Dropa Stones – each with a 20 mm hole in their centers. Each stone disk was said to be inscribed with two fine grooves spiraling from the edge to a hole in the disk’s center, resembling the Phaistos Disk. The disks were labeled along with other finds of the expedition and stored away at Beijing University for 20 years, during which deciphering attempts were unsuccessful.

Some reports state that a Dr. Tsum somehow deciphered the symbols and they told the story of the crash-landing of the Dropa spaceship and the killing of most of the survivors by local people.

Taken from Russian language website NJK: Mysterious disk found

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