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Subject:

Some of Earliest known Writing Discovered

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Patrick Hickey <[log in to unmask]>

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Sat, 13 Mar 1999 22:03:52 -0500

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-------------Forwarded Message-----------------

From:   Patrick Hickey, 
To:     [log in to unmask], INTERNET:[log in to unmask]
        
Date:   08/03/99 19:51 

RE:     Some of  Earliest known Writing Discovered

  Harappa.com, leading website on the Indus Valley Civilization, has opened
a new section featuring the latest discoveries at the site of Harappa in
Punjab, Pakistan.  The new 90 slide section is written and photographed by
Dr. Mark Kenoyer (Wisconsin University) and Dr.Richard Meadow (Harvard
University). It presents important new discoveries.
 
        The finds include some of the world's earliest writing, dating to
at least 3300 B.C, pushing back the origin of the undeciphered Indus Script
by almost 500 years. They are older than writing from ancient Mesopotamia
dating to 3100 B.C. and as old as the recent discoveries of writing in
ancient Egypt dating to 3250 B.C. and earlier. This  suggests  that writing
developed independently in the world's first urban civilizations. View the
artefacts incised with early script at  http://www.harappa.com/indus2/
 
        The recent excavations have also unearthed evidence of a new,
pre-Indus Civilization phase or culture called the Ravi Phase (3300-2800
B.C.), allowing archaeologists to study the evolution of the  Indus
Civilization at one site, for the first time. Other notable discoveries
include the oldest piece of glass from the Indian subcontinent, and a four
thousand year old collection of beads in a single earthenware pot.
 
 Excavations at Harappa are carried out by the Harappa Archaeological
Research Project, ( HARP), a joint undertaking of Wisconsin, Harvard, and
New York Universities in cooperation with the Department of Archaeology and
Museums, Government of Pakistan.  Excavations continue at the site, with
new work underway at the mysterious "granary" and work platforms, as well
as the area where the writing was just discovered.
 
 Harappa.com is an award-winning website featuring over 500 pages on the
ancient Indus Valley by some of the world's leading scholars. Produced by
Omar Khan, it receives almost 1,000 visitors a day worldwide.  Harappa   
http://www.harappa.com

    


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