Oldest Writing in the New World

Archaeologists have discovered a stone block in Veracruz, Mexico that contains symbology they believe evident of a writing system used by the Olmec people- predecessors of the Mayan and Aztec empires. The scholars report that the block provides evidence that these people developed a writing system as early as 900 B.C.E. and is an example of the oldest script ever discovered in the Western Hemisphere. A full report of the finding is detailed in an article published in this weeks issue of the journal Science (below).



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