Scientists Discover Ancient Americas Writing Sample

Posted on September 15, 2006 

Scientists Discover Ancient Americas Writing Sample

Scientists are analyzing a tablet that they believe contains the earliest known writing sample in the Western Hemisphere. Based on materials including pottery sherds found with the slab, the team concluded it is roughly 2,900 years old.

It’s more than idle doodling and the meaning is unclear. However, there’s one thing researchers are sure of: The insect, ear of corn, inverted fish and other symbols inscribed on an ancient stone slab is the earliest known writing in the Western Hemisphere.

The arrangement and pattern of the symbols suggest the ancient Olmec civilization was using written language roughly three centuries earlier than previously proposed.


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