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The supposed relationship between rongorongo (the Rapa Nui script) and the Indus Valley script was proposed in a 1932 article by the Hungarian engineer Vilmos Hevesy (Guillaume de Hevesy). I'm not sure where the picture in the question is from, but many of the symbols shown do look very similar to those in de Hevesy's article: At the time, there were ...


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First off, yes you are wrong. Some kind of long-term record-keeping seems to be a common requirement for civilized people, so both the Maya and the Inca developed something pre-contact. I personally think its likely the Mississippians did as well, but if so it hasn't survived. The Cherokee I believe did something similar to what you are asking. Sequoya, one ...


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The biggest issue in deciphering the Indus script is that the average length of the known inscriptions is less than five signs, with the longest one containing only 17 non repeating signs: The longest Indus 'inscription' (if that's the right word) on a single flat surface is M-314, which contains 17 non-repeating symbols. Like all but one Indus 'inscription'...


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It should be now regarded as a legitimately researched line of possible inquiry that turned out to be completely bogus based on spurious correlational observations. An early enthusiast for this observation was Albert Étienne Jean-Baptiste Terrien de Lacouperie who noted in 1894 in his book "Beginnings of writing in central and eastern Asia, or, Notes on ...


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The question is a bit confusing, so I'll give two answers and hope one of them works... First, there have been a couple of instances AFTER contact that Native Americans (or, sometimes, missionaries) developed a writing system for their language that was inspired by European orthography but looks very different. This includes the writing system for Yup'ik ...


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There is a gap of fifteen centuries between the demise of Indus script, and the origin of Brahmi script. More, Indus Valley script remains undeciphered despite the corpus of literature written in Brahmi script. On the other hand, there are substantial and irreconcilable differences between Kharosthi, which was based on Aramaic, and Brahmi. The most current ...


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The manuscript letters are I and h making the word Ihs. ΙΗΣ is the Greek contraction for Jesus. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christogram


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Yes, though their uses tend to be sporadic and/or inconsistent. Ancient Chinese texts also used ▄ as both a full-stop and a comma, or a - for pauses. However, there's a great deal of variation and inconsistency. Often they are omitted and readers are expected to work it out from context, or sentence structures especially if the document is written with a ...


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The two lefthanders in my high school class wrote with their left hand curled completely around the paper to place the left hand above and to the right of the line being written.


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According to the Guinness Book of World Records, as cited by Wikipedia's list of oldest known documents: ... the oldest surviving love poem, a balbale, in the world is of Sumerian origin and written in cuneiform, discovered in Nippur, dated to 2031 BCE, called Istanbul #2461 by archaeologists. ... Bridegroom, dear to my heart, Goodly is your beauty, ...


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In Soviet Union in 1970-s all schoolchildren were taught to write with their right hand, no matter whether they were right or left handed by birth. Until the 5-th grade we could only write with steel dip pen. Since the 5-th grade fountain pens were permitted. When I traveled abroad for the first time in 1990, I was very surprised to see a substantial ...


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So others know what is being talked about I am inserting a picture of the versal (ie the ornate capital letter): The transcription is as follows: Ihs autem dixitei egosum et vi debitis filium hominis seden tem adextris virtutas et venientem cu mnubibus caeli. It is from the 26th Chapter of Matthew and says: Jesus however said to them "I am" and you ...


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There is no such thing as "Ostian script". Ostia is known for having been the source of a relatively large number of well-preserved Latin inscriptions (one is shown below). These inscriptions show the same variety of different Latin letters found at Rome itself and in other places within the Roman Empire. Latin inscriptions vary, as one might expect, because ...


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I am left-handed, and never experienced this problem with dip-pens or fountain pens as a child /young woman, since the hand is below the current writing line. The main problem is not being able to see what you have just written. Some left-hander do adopt the "over the top" grip illustrated, I never have. However, it was not just in the Soviet Union lefties ...


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Ostia was a Roman port, possibly the first of their colonies. As such, the script should have been based on the Latin alphabet, which itself appears to have been derived from the Etruscan script. Looking at graffiti found in the ruins there was a fair amount of variability in writing of Latin characters.


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Try seeing the attempted decipherment of Suzzane Marie. She claims it is an Indo Aryan language. Her attempts are promising. Use it to try and decipher this seal: Addendum Suzanne M R Sullivan wrote Indus Script Dictionary (2011), and she provided an answer on a Quora question that is related to this question here.


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