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Claim of Oldest New World Writing Excites Archaeologists

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Science  15 Sep 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5793, pp. 1551
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5793.1551

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A stone block uncovered in a Mexican quarry provides dramatic evidence that the ancient Olmec people developed a writing system as early as 900 B.C.E., according to seven Mesoamerican scholars writing in this week's issue of Science (p. 1610). (Read more.)