The oldest readable writing in Europe

Published on April 1st, 2011 | by Sevaan Franks

0
41

A clay tablet found in Greece contains the oldest known decipherable text found in Europe.

Considered “magical or mysterious” in its time, the writing survives only because a trash heap caught fire some 3,500 years ago, according to researchers.

Found in an olive grove in what’s now the village of Iklaina, the tablet was created by a Greek-speaking Mycenaean scribe between 1450 and 1350 B.C., archaeologists say.

The Mycenaeans—made legendary in part by Homer’s Iliad, which fictionalizes their war with Troy—dominated much of Greece from about 1600 B.C. to 1100 B.C.

[Full story]

Story: Ker Than, National Geographic News | Photo: Christian Mindiglier

Tags: , , ,



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

  • Follow me on Twitter!   Subscribe to my RSS feed!
     
  • Question of the Moment

    October is the birth month of Beatle John Lennon. The Beatles:

    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...
  • Like us on Facebook

  • Sponsors

  • Random Quote

    Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. — George Santayana

  • Popular Categories

  • Archives