Writing may be oldest in Western Hemisphere

Writing May Be Oldest in Western Hemisphere – New York Times
Or, the NPR story:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6077734
A stone slab bearing 3,000-year-old writing previously unknown to scholars has been found in the Mexican state of Veracruz, and archaeologists say it is an example of the oldest script ever discovered in the Western Hemisphere.
Sixty-two distinct signs are inscribed on the stone slab, which was discovered in the state of Veracruz in Mexico.
The Mexican discoverers and their colleagues from the United States reported yesterday that the order and pattern of carved symbols appeared to be that of a true writing system and that it had characteristics strikingly similar to imagery of the Olmec civilization, considered the earliest in the Americas.
Of course, given the small sample of this 3000 year old writing, we don’t know what it says or means…yet, anyway.

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  1. Yes, saw that article. Fascinating! The “letters” or “words” look like pictograms. And there are obvious repetitive “blocks” of symbols… and they concluded from that, that it might be poetry? Hmmm…
    I thought it might be a shopping list. After all it looks like bugs and corn ears.

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