Oldest Writing in the New World

@article{delCarmenRodriguezMartinez2006OldestWI,
  title={Oldest Writing in the New World},
  author={Ma. del Carmen Rodríguez Martínez and Ponciano Ortíz Ceballos and Michael D. Coe and Richard A. Diehl and Stephen Houston and Karl A. Taube and Alfredo Delgado Calderón},
  journal={Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={313},
  pages={1610 - 1614}
}
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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