Archaeologists have lengthy presumed that cuneiform, Sumerian written language, was the oldest type of writing, present since roughly 3,100 BCE. Tablets present in 1961 and beforehand presumed to be roughly 2,700 years of age are actually lending proof that written language has existed for much longer than beforehand supposed.
The tablets are often known as the Tărtăria tablets and named for the world through which they have been discovered, Tărtăria Transylvania (Romania). There are three tablets in all, every a mixture of pictograms and symbols. They have been discovered with charred stays of a middle-age human and different gadgets suggestive of sacrificial ritual akin to alabaster collectible figurines and potteries. The cache was from the Vinca tradition which was beforehand thought to have existed about 2,700 years in the past, however later carbon relationship of the artifacts reveals them to truly be from as
Far again as 4,000 BC. This age predates Sumerian cuniform, which is the beforehand oldest writing ever recognized to have existed.
The controversy whether or not these amulets really comprise the oldest writing ever discovered to have existed is solely primarily based on whether or not the symbols contained on them may be thought-about true writing or not. The symbols are standardized, organized in linear vogue, and appear to return from a listing of symbols which were discovered on different artifacts of Danube cultures. Every appears to have one that means. Some specialists consider that among the symbols are random and argue in opposition to the written language hypothosis. At this level of time, it may’t be said what sort of writing system the symbols signify, and the meanings of the symbols have but to be deciphered.
Analysis to seek out whether or not these amulets and different artifacts containing like symbols are a key to a beforehand unknown written language of unparrelled age continues. Regardless of the findings, we now have realized that the Vinca civilization is one other so as to add to an ever rising checklist of cultures being found to succeed in a lot additional again into time than beforehand recognized.