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The Phaistos script consists of the symbols found on a clay disk during a 1908 archaeological excavation in Phaistos, Crete. The disk is referred to as the "Phaistos Disk" and has been dated to 1700 BCE. It is the only known example of this writing and remains undeciphered.

Phaistos is not part of the Unicode Standard. However the ConScript Unicode Registry (CSUR) has defined a range of the Unicode Private Use Area for Phaistos. CSUR coordinates artificial/constructed scripts (mostly), which facilitates font development and interoperability.

Note that the Phaistos Disk script is proposed for inclusion in Unicode 5.1 based on N3066.

Font Samples

font sample * font information
Sample of Code2000 at 32pt Code2000    [ show all samples ]  (code2000.ttf)
Source: Download this shareware font ($5) from James Kass's webpage.
Stats: Version 1.16 has 61,864 glyphs and 239 kerning pairs
Support: Arabic script (Arabic, Baluchi, Kirghiz, Persian, Shahmukhi, Sindhi, Uighur, Urdu, Uzbek), Armenian, Bengali, Braille, Canadian Syllabics (all syllabaries, all characters), Cherokee, Chinese (Bopomofo only, including Extended), Cirth, Coptic, Cyrillic (all or most of range), Devanagari, Ethiopic (including supplement and extended blocks), Ewellic, Georgian (Mkhedruli and Asomtavruli), Greek (including polytonic and Coptic characters), Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Hebrew, IPA, Japanese (Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji/Han Ideographs including Extension A), Klingon, Korean (Hangul only), Lao, Latin, Limbu, Mongolian, N'Ko, Ogham, Phaistos, Runic, Syriac, Tamil, Telugu, Tengwar, Thaana, Thai, Tifinagh, Vietnamese, Yi
OpenType Layout Tables: Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Buhid, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Han Ideographic, Hangul, Hangul Jamo, Hebrew, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Latin, Malayalam, Mongolian, Myanmar, N'Ko, Tamil, Telugu, Thai
Sample of Everson Mono Phaistos at 42pt Everson Mono Phaistos    [ show all samples ]  (EversonMonoPhaistos.ttf)
Source: Free download from the Phaistos Disk page. (Look for "A font for displaying this text is here".)
Stats: Version 2002-07-10 has 147 glyphs and no kerning pairs
Support: Phaistos, Latin

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