Category Archives: Writing

Researcher Concludes That a Majority of Swedish Runic Inscriptions are Gibberish

Marco Bianchi, an expert in Nordic languages at Sweden’s Uppsala University, has recently studied 1,000 ancient runic inscriptions from northern Sweden and has concluded that most are meaningless. The majority of contemporary Vikings were illiterate, Bianchi says, and the inscribed … Continue reading

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Imaging Technology Being Used to Decipher Maya Inscriptions

A technology known as Reflection Transformation Imaging (RTI) is being utilized for the first time to help decipher Maya hieroglyphic inscriptions. RTI works by manipulating light on a photographic sequence in order to produce very high quality images. Researchers at … Continue reading

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Texts Reveal Cultural Life in Ugarit and Show Similarities with Arabic Language

(function() {var s = document.createElement(‘SCRIPT’), s1 = document.getElementsByTagName(‘SCRIPT’)[0];s.type = ‘text/javascript’;s.src = ‘’;s1.parentNode.insertBefore(s, s1);})(); Ancient texts found in the Syrian city of Ras Shamra, near ancient Ugarit, reveal a scribe’s lessons to his students on the alphabet. They also show that … Continue reading

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Assyrian Treaty Discovered Among Cache of Cuneiform Tablets

A treaty between Esarhaddon, King of Assyria, and a secondary ruler has been discovered among a cache of cuneiform tablets unearthed last year by a team from the University of Toronto. The tablet, known as the Vassal Treaties of Esarhaddon, … Continue reading

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New Ancient Scottish Written Language Identified

Scotland’s Pict society, which existed between 300 and 843, created elaborate rock engravings, known now as Pictish Stones. The engravings, once thought to be a form of art, have recently been identified as a written language. “We know that the … Continue reading

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Ancient Petroglyphs at Arizona’s "Picture Rocks" Vandalized

Ancient petroglyphs at Picture Rocks, a Hohokam Indian site northwest of Tuscon, have been damaged by vandals over the last three years, the Arizona Star reports. “People have been seen vandalizing petroglyphs. There has been some damage – defacing of … Continue reading

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Book on Mayan Literature Draws Scholarly and Literary Praise

Dennis Tedlock’s 2000 Years of Mayan Literature has drawn wide acclaim since its recent publication in January. The book explores the growth and evolution of literature in the Mayan world from stone carvings to paper documents. It has been praised … Continue reading

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