Controversial scientist and erotic discs

The name Diskos could be perceived as an answer to a prayer from all of the homeless exploration data that was floating around in the various companies: Disc us! But Hans Chr. Rønnevik is quick to dispel this. The name comes from one of archaeology’s most controversial mysteries.

“I was at home watching a television show about unknown Norwegians that were famous abroad, when Kjell Aartun’s name popped up. I was captivated by his controversial interpretation of the ancient text on a discus and saw clear parallels to what us geologists are doing, different interpretations of the same material,” says Hans Chr. Rønnevik, who proposed the Diskos name.


Hans Chr. Rønnevik

Hans Chr. Rønnevik suggested the Diskos name
(Photo: Emile Ashley)


Kjell Aartun was born on Sjernarøy in 1925, and took an education in theology and philology. He is also a government grant holder in Semitic language and cultural science. He is known for a number of controversial works regarding rune interpretation and Minoan civilization. According to Wikipedia, his theories suggest that all rune inscriptions from the Viking Ages and before, such as the Oseberg burial mound discovery, are written in a Semitic language, and that the content is highly erotic texts that refer to an Oriental fertility culture.

Based on this, Aartun believes that Norway was populated by Semitic tribes around year 2000 BC, and that they introduced a Semitic language. This was replaced by Old Norse around year 800 AD, without leaving any traces. According to Aartun, an ancient Nordic language (which has been partially reconstructed using the rune stones) therefore never existed according to Aartun.

He also believes that he solved one of epigraphy’s and archaeology’s greatest mysteries related to the socalled Phaistos Disc. It is a round, fired clay disc of about 16 centimetres in diameter and 2 centimetres in thickness, full of hieroglyphics on both sides. The 241 tokens are etched in a spiral towards the centre. The disc was discovered in 1908, is assumed to originate from the Minoan palace on the Greek Island of Crete, and is most likely 3000-3500 years old.

According to language professor Kjell Aartun, the Phaistos Disc contains a highly erotic fertility ritual with two participating partners, the feminine and the masculine, with parallels to the Song of Solomon. However, experts disagree on the answer to the riddle and note that the signs on the disc lend themselves to multiple interpretations, just like exploration data from the Continental Shelf…


The original Phaistos Disc (Photo: Aserakov)

The original Phaistos Disc
(Photo: Aserakov)


To celebrate the start of the Diskos project, 25 numbered copies of the Phaistos Disc were made of platinum. Then Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Jens Stoltenberg, received number one, the head of the NPD at that time received number two, and Hans Chr. Rønnevik received number three.

In its first years, the Diskos logo was the famous nude Discobolus from the classical era, while it was later changed to the Phaistos Disc, i.e. a disc with symbols. The logo was changed again in 2013, the round disc shape is still in place, but the disc now contains the tail of the seahorse in the NPD’s logo. This shows the close link between the NPD and Diskos, and emphasises Diskos’ role as Norway’s national archive for petroleum data.


The very first Diskos logo

The very first Diskos logo –
illustrated with the Discobolus from the classical era.


For many years, a stylised sketch of the Phaistos Disc served as Diskos’ logo. Diskos’ current logo.