Indus script

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Indus script
Seal impression showing a typical inscription of five characters
Script type
possible Bronze Age writing
Time period
3500–1900 BCE[1][2][3]
DirectionRight to left[4][5] [6]
LanguagesUnknown (see Harappan language)
ISO 15924
ISO 15924Inds (610), ​Indus (Harappan)
Unicorn seal of Indus Valley, Indian Museum
Collection of seals

Indus script is a collection of symbols that was used by the Indus Valley Civilization. They were used from about 2.500 BC to about 1.900 BC. Most inscriptions are extremely short. About 400 symbols are known. Scientists do not agree if these symbols were used as a writing system to record a language. So far no bilingual text have been found. An example of a bilinhial text us the Rosetta stone which has the same text in three different languages.

References[change | change source]

  1. David Whitehouse (May 4, 1999). "'Earliest writing' found". BBC News. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  2. "Evidence for Indus script dated to ca. 3500 BCE". Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  3. Edwin Bryant (2001). The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture: The Indo-Aryan Migration Debate. Oxford University. p. 178. ISBN 978-0-19-513777-4.
  4. Lal, B. B. (1979). "'Earliest writing' found". East and West. 29 (1/4): 27–35. JSTOR 29756504.
  5. Rao, Rajesh P. N. "A Rosetta Stone for a lost language".
  6. Rao, Rajesh P. N.; Yadav, Nisha; Vahia, Mayank N.; Joglekar, Hrishikesh; Adhikari, R.; Mahadevan, Iravatham (29 May 2009). "Entropic Evidence for Linguistic Structure in the Indus Script" (PDF). Science. 324 (5931): 1165. doi:10.1126/science.1170391. PMID 19389998. S2CID 15565405.