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Science. 2006 Sep 15;313(5793):1610-4.

Oldest writing in the New World.

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Centro del Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Benito Juárez Número 425-431, Veracruz, Mexico.

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.

PMID:
16973873
DOI:
10.1126/science.1131492
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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