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, 313 (5793), 1610-4

Oldest Writing in the New World

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Oldest Writing in the New World

Ma del Carmen Rodríguez Martínez et al. Science.

Abstract

A block with a hitherto unknown system of writing has been found in the Olmec heartland of Veracruz, Mexico. Stylistic and other dating of the block places it in the early first millennium before the common era, the oldest writing in the New World, with features that firmly assign this pivotal development to the Olmec civilization of Mesoamerica.

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