The Phaistos Disc
Lost languages are a fascinating subject for historians; who knows what kind of information
could be locked behind those ciphers? One of the most famous untranslated artifacts of all time is the Phaistos Disc, uncovered in 1908 by an Italian architect in the Minoan palace of Phaistos. The 6-inch fired clay disc is covered front and back with a sequence of symbols in a spiral that don’t correlate to any known language. Because there are no other discovered artifacts with the same symbols on them, it’s virtually impossible to derive the meaning of the symbols on the disc.
The Oak Island Pit
It’s no secret that there are millions of dollars in unclaimed treasure out there somewhere – hell, the oceans are full of sunken ships carrying a king’s bounty. But one of the most enduring treasure mysteries of all time is on a tiny island off the coast of Nova Scotia. Oak Island is the home of what is colloquially called the “Money Pit,” an impossibly deep hole discovered in 1795. Over two centuries of excavation have revealed man-made markings and construction as deep as 90 feet, plus a “cipher stone” that alleges the presence of great wealth down
MV Joyita Disappearance
The ocean is home to many mysteries and wonders, but an equal number of dangers. The crew of the MV Joyita, a charter boat sailing from Samoa to the Tokelau Islands in 1955, learned that to their everlasting horror. The voyage was supposed to take a little under two days, but the Joyita wasn’t found until five weeks later, floating in the Pacific. The ship’s clocks were stopped at 10:25 P.M., but it was still floating. One of the boat’s engines was covered with mattresses and there was no sign of the crew or passengers. They’d all vanished
without a trace. No bodies were ever recovered and dozens of theories have been advanced as to why the captain and crew would abandon a damaged but perfectly seaworthy boat and disappear