Clay tablets dating back to 5,000 BC show writing did not appear in Mesopotamia first

Although ancient legends and even some writers believe that the Atlanteans and Lemurians were the protagonists of writing, modern science attributes this role to the Sumerians who are believed to have been the first to establish a pattern of writing.

There are a number of researchers who disagree with this notion and believe writing did not first appear in ancient Mesopotamia.

The discovery of the Tartaria clay tablets in the 1960’s was about to change the chronological order of the appearance of writing, and even the cradle of the first known civilization in the world.

In 1961, archaeologist Nicolae Vlassa began work at a site near the village of Tartaria, an area famous for its many artifacts made out of pottery.

Despite a hesitant start, the work of the archaeological team finally paid off when they unearthed three clay tablets that brought together scientists from around the world.

The fact that a good part of the historical events were about to change direction made the scientific community look at this discovery with disbelief.

One of the Tartaria clay tablets. Image Credit.

Aside from the tablets, archaeologists also discovered 26 statues of clay and stone, a doll made of clams and human remains.

However, all three clay tablets quickly became the center of attention for a number of researchers and authors.

Two of them had a rectangular shape while the other way round.

The symbols were embedded on one side, and the rectangular elements had a small hole that, according to the researchers, was not just a coincidence.

Two of these plates were covered with runes representing old texts dating back at least a millennium before the tablets found at Djemer-Nasr, Kia, and Uruk in Sumeria.

The artifacts unearthed in Tărtăria led investigators to believe that they belonged to a very influential civilization at that time and that they contained writings that may have belonged to either ancient priests or shamans of the time.

Sumerian contract: selling of a field and a house. Shuruppak, pre-cuneiform script. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

What appeared to be one of the greatest discoveries of the Eastern world, but also for the rest of Europe, became the dreaded topic of debate that divided the scientific world into two fields: those who admitted the great importance of these clay tablets and those who considered the discovery as nothing more than nonsense. After all, not every day do you find a history-changing artifact, and these objects would not only do that but change everything we believed about the evolution of civilizations on Earth.

Most archaeologists and historians dated the artifacts in about 5,000 BC, pushing back the invention of writing for more than a millennium than previously believed, and also changed the birthplace of writing from ancient Mesopotamia to the Danubian Basin.

Limestone Kish tablet from Sumer with pictographic writing; may be the earliest known writing, 3500 BC. Ashmolean Museum. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

So, is it possible that a prosperous and powerful civilization existed a millennium before the greatest powers of the world, Sumer, and Egypt?

If so, it would have enormous implications in human history and would prove that a powerful, extremely advanced culture existed in Europe before great cultures arose in ancient Mesopotamia.

It would also mean that the many ancient artifacts discovered across Europe—like the massive stone Sphere in Bosnia—may have been part of a society that spread across parts of Europe like no other civilization on Earth.

It would also mean that advanced civilizations arose in different regions of the world independently, despite the fact that there are countless similarities among them.

Like it? Share with your friends!


Your email address will not be published.