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    Solomon's Sky: The Religious Board Game on the Phaistos Disk
    © 2014 Peter Aleff

An ancient enigma, solved at last!

The Phaistos Disk was discovered in 1908 on the site of a Minoan palace in Crete, after being buried by an earthquake thousands of years ago, during the Bronze Age. Just under six inches in diameter, the Disk was in remarkably good condition and stamped on both sides with a spiraling sequence of mysterious symbols.

Archaeologists and many others were immediately gripped about the meaning of these unknown pictographs and the reason why this unique Disk had been created. They puzzled ever since about its origins and purpose and about the secrets that are likely to lie behind its pretty but perplexing pictures. Making it one of the most compelling mysteries of archaeology, they put forward many theories. Theories that have one thing in common:

They are wrong.

The majority of those who have attempted to make sense of this ancient mystery have focused on trying to read it as writing. These attempts, as ancient history expert Peter Aleff proves with surgical precision, were all misguided. For the signs on the Phaistos Disk are not a script. Their true purpose is far more surprising.

Now, in Solomon’s Sky, Aleff finally shows the simple concepts behind the “code of the Phaistos Disk” and the role of those pictographs. They were markings for the fields of a board game closely related to other board games of that time. Step by step, he lets you discover surprising and exciting results that link the Disk to both Ancient Egypt and our modern days.

The Ancient Egyptians enjoyed board games and imbued them with religious meaning. Two of their most popular games were Senet and Snake Game, which both took the player on his journey through life, death and rebirth. Fast forward several thousand years to Renaissance Italy where an allegedly new board game, The Game of the Goose, entered the written record and began its centuries of still continuing popularity.

And all these three board games are connected to the Phaistos Disk.

In Solomon’s Sky, Aleff tells us how. Using solid evidence, he reveals that the Phaistos Disk is in fact a model for a game board with startlingly close relations to these games of Ancient Egypt and to the Game of the Goose. He explains all in a clear, easy-to-follow narrative complemented by a large number of illustrations. This story will fascinate anyone who enjoys the unraveling of an intriguing mystery – whether you are a history buff, an archaeologist or simply someone who loves a good puzzle. I, for one, found this book both entertaining and very educational.

Book description by Mark Edwards,  - No.1 bestselling co-author of “Catch Your Death” and “Killing Cupid”


To give you a taste for "Solomon's Sky", we offer you in the navigation panel on the left several free downloads related to it. These include the first few chapters from the book itself and the first three of seven articles about it that were published in the online journal popular-archaeology.com.

Moreover, we added among the free downloads also the companion booklet "Riddle Rings of Rogem Hiri Reflect the Sky's Own Numbers" which expands on one of the chapters in Solomon's Sky and provides further information about a mysterious Bronze Age stone structure in the Golan Heights. Its large circles appear to have been laid out with 61 fields, just like the two sides of the much smaller Phaistos Disk. Some of these fields match fields from the Disk, as discussed in "Solomon's Sky", but there is so much more to those "Riddle Rings" that they deserve their own treatment. Here is a summary of what you will find in that booklet:

"The mysterious megalithic structure of Rogem Hiri in the Golan Heights has led to various proposals and guesses about its probable purpose. The present essay discusses these and adds to them a likely origin of its name which means “stone heap of the wild cat”. It further shows how its builders connected with the sky and its wonders. They believed that the world was ruled by numbers, more than a millennium before the Hebrews and Phoenicians lived in that neighborhood, and more than two millennia before the Greek plagiarist Pythagoras proclaimed this doctrine as his discovery.

The dimensions and ratios of the three main circles at Rogem Hiri reflect important mathematical and astronomical constants. Measured in the recurring length units of 4.7 meters which the archaeo-astronomer Anthony Aveni had found used in their layout and which amounted to precisely nine times the royal cubit used in Egypt and later also in Solomonic sacred construction, these three average diameters are 32, a probable 24, and 17 of these “Rogem super-cubits”. The outermost one of these anticipates the 32 Paths of Wisdom embodied in Solomon’s Temple width and altar base, and the ratios and powers derived from its relationships with the middle and inner diameters produce the counting base of ten as well as a good approximation to the square root of two which had much symbolic importance to ancient number explorers. They also yield surprisingly accurate approximations to the numbers of days in the lunar and solar years.

It appears that the builders of these stone circles designed them to reflect back to the sky their understanding of its intangible but powerful mathematics and of the numbers derived from the cycles of its big lights. The entire structure was a hymn, expressed in stone instead of words, of praise to the sky and its life-ruling numbers. It remains relevant today, not only because the writers of the Bible were rooted in that same soil and built on their predecessors’ relationship with that same sky, but also because modern cosmologists again accept the importance of such essential numbers as the foundations of our universe."

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