Earliest New World Writing

A pattern of insect, ear of corn, inverted fish and other symbols written on a stone tablet seems to be one of the ancient writings of the Western Hemisphere.

The pattern of symbols covering the face of the rectangular block also represents a previously unknown ancient writing system.

The text contains 28 distinct glyphs or symbols, some of which are repeated three and four times. The writing system does not appear to be linked to any known later scripts and may represent a dead end, according to the study.

Other experts not involved in the study agreed with Houston and his colleagues that the horizontally arranged inscription shows patterns that are the hallmarks of true writing, including syntax and language-specific word order.[Earliest New World Writing Discovered]

This stone tablet found in the Mexican state of Veracruz  is believed to have been written by the Olmecs and is believed to be 2900 years old. The Olmec civilization existed from 1200 BC to 400 BC in south-central Mexico and are famous for the giant heads they carved on stone.

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Enlarged image of the stone called Cascajal block

One Response to Earliest New World Writing

  1. Saravanan September 17, 2006 at 8:06 pm #

    Off topic. You may be interested in this.
    http://epaper.newindpress.com/ArticleText.aspx?article=18_09_2006_001_008 (Reg. required)

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