3,000-year-old writing found in Mexico

Sep 15, 2006

A stone slab with 3,000-year-old writing, perhaps the oldest script ever found in the Western Hemisphere, has been discovered in Mexico, reports say.

A Mexican-U.S. research team of archaeologists said the 26-pound tablet, about the size of a legal pad, contained 62 symbols that appeared to be an organized text, perhaps dating back to 900 B.C.

The Vera Cruz discovery bore imagery similar to the Olmec civilization, considered the Americas' oldest, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Details appeared in Friday's edition of the journal Science.

The stone was discovered by a married Mexican couple, lead writers of the report, who found that the object reveals "a new complexity" in the Olmec civilization, The New York Times said.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Dinosaur-times cockroach caught in amber, from Myanmar

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Dinosaur-times cockroach caught in amber, from Myanmar

May 01, 2015

Geologica Carpathica has a paper on a new family of predatory cockroaches. Predatory? The authors, Peter Vrsansky and Günter Bechly, from the Slovak Republic and Germany, respectively, said that "unique adapta ...

Documentary on T-rex discovery leads to pardon request

Apr 30, 2015

Pete Larson has discovered thousands of fossils around the world, co-authored three books and led the team that unearthed the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. But there's one black ...

Unique fish fossils identified

Apr 30, 2015

A team of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich has identified the first fossil specimens of a major group of killifishes that is widely distributed in freshwater habitats today. The 6-million-year-old ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.