Indus script

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Indus script
Indus seal impression.jpg
Seal impression showing a typical inscription of five characters
TypeUndeciphered possible Bronze Age writing
Spoken languagesUnknown (see Harappan language)
Time period3500–1900 BCE[1][2][3]
ISO 15924Inds
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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.