RE: Phaistos in ConScript

From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Mon Jul 08 2002 - 18:51:30 EDT

At 02:43 PM 7/8/02 +0100, Michael Everson wrote:
>Godart says "The last sign of set A:VIII was not deleted but broke off
>with a sliver of clay. Bearing mind the space and outline of the gap,
>which seems to roughtly follow the outline of the broken sign, it seems
>that the most plausible identification of the mysterious sign is a 3
>[TATTOOED HEAD] or a 20 [DOLIUM], unless it is an 8 [GAUNTLET] or a 4
>[CAPTIVE], which is less likely." I don't want to encode a new character
>without better evidence (and wouldn't for ANY script). I haven't seen
>anything from other scholars who consider it a 46th sign.

This is an insufficient reason for not coding a symbol for unidentified
character, since it is unidentified. U+FFFD could be pressed into service,
but would be awkward if definite agreement on identification is reached
later, as it can be used for any unidentified character, not just Phaistos.

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