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Mon Oct 22, 2012, 04:14 AM

Breakthrough in world's oldest undeciphered writing

The world's oldest undeciphered writing system, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its 5,000-year-old secrets, could be about to be decoded by Oxford University academics.

This international research project is already casting light on a lost bronze age middle eastern society where enslaved workers lived on rations close to the starvation level.

"I think we are finally on the point of making a breakthrough," says Jacob Dahl, fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford and director of the Ancient World Research Cluster.

Dr Dahl's secret weapon is being able to see this writing more clearly than ever before.

In a room high up in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, above the Egyptian mummies and fragments of early civilisations, a big black dome is clicking away and flashing out light.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19964786

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Ichingcarpenter Oct 2012 OP
Ichingcarpenter Oct 2012 #1
antiquie Oct 2012 #2
Judi Lynn Oct 2012 #3
xchrom Oct 2012 #4
littlemissmartypants Oct 2012 #5
Si MC Oct 2012 #6


Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Mon Oct 22, 2012, 11:13 AM

2. Very interesting.

Thank you for posting both links.

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Tue Oct 23, 2012, 03:41 AM

3. Surely looking forward to hearing more of this as it developes.

Thank you for including the Elam link.

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Tue Oct 23, 2012, 12:52 PM

4. du rec. nt

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 07:10 AM

5. To help with the decipher go here...

http://cdli.ox.ac.uk/wiki/proto-elamite

This is the coolest thing I have read since reading the book the HOLOGRAPHIC UNIVERSE

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holographic_Universe#The_Holographic_Universe

which is not entirely based in science, but cool. Also, it is suspected that artifacts buried under the layers of Mes Aynak in Afghanistan could provide Bronze age clues. Who knows maybe the two could be related. I do so hope that site is saved. Thank you deeply for posting this. LMSP

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Mon Oct 29, 2012, 04:21 PM

6. Fascinating!

 

I am so glad to read all sorts of news here on DU. This forum on Anthropology is so refreshing and informative.

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