“Stones that Speak”
Posted by iberiana on May 8, 2011
Nugzar B. Ruhadze – “Stones that Speak”
‘Stones that Speak’ is a recent addition to the world book market which is one of those that make a historical tour of language and cultural influences. It is a real treat for a reader with a specific interest in the world’s Hellenistic heritage. Exclaims Morritt in his introduction – ‘What would that piece of clay say if it could speak!’ According to the author, archeological excavations, archaic languages and Myths are explored, together with what appear to be archaic Cretan relations as far away as the Black Sea region.
Our special interest goes to the enigma of the Phaistos Disc which is revisited in Moritt’s outstanding edition in the light of new findings. And one of those new findings belongs to Dr. Gia Kvashilava. Kvashilava has worked nearly 28 years on deciphering the world’s first printed document the Phaistos Disc found on the Crete. His efforts in deciphering Linear and Cretan hieroglyphic scripts are widely presented in Robert Morritt’s book ‘Stones that Speak’. The author underlines that Gia Kvashilava has deciphered the Phaistos Disc into Colchian (Proto-Kartvelian language). The text is proved to be a hymn and prayer to Anatolian Mother Goddess Nenana and is printed in the Colchian Goldscript. He presented his paper to the International Conference in London, England November 1st of 2008 on the occasion of then 100th anniversary of the discovery of the Phaistos Disc.