Research Article

Oldest Writing in the New World

Science  15 Sep 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5793, pp. 1610-1614
DOI: 10.1126/science.1131492

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Abstract

A block with a hitherto unknown system of writing has been found in the Olmec heartland of Veracruz, Mexico. Stylistic and other dating of the block places it in the early first millennium before the common era, the oldest writing in the New World, with features that firmly assign this pivotal development to the Olmec civilization of Mesoamerica.

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