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. 
The Cascajal Block: The Earliest Precolumbian Writing
2006 The Cascajal Block: The Earliest Precolumbian Writing. Mesoweb: www.mesoweb.com/reports/Cascajal.pdf. On September 15, 2006, it was reported in the journal Science that a stone block inscribedExpand
Diphrastic Kennings on the Cascajal Block and the Emergence of Mesoamerican Writing
This article examines a potential ‘throne–mat’ kenning in the Middle Formative period Olmec writing on the Cascajal Block, an incised serpentine slab dated to c. 900 bc . It is suggested that signsExpand
Time and landscape at the beginning of Chinese writing
ABSTRACT:Writing was independently invented at least four times in human history: Sumerian cuneiform, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Chinese and Olmec Mayan hieroglyphs, alllogographic at the time of theirExpand
Sculpture and Social Dynamics in Preclassic Mesoamerica
This book examines the functions of sculpture during the Preclassic period in Mesoamerica and its significance in statements of social identity. Julia Guernsey situates the origins and evolution ofExpand
OLMEC GREENSTONE IN EARLY FORMATIVE MESOAMERICA: EXCHANGE AND PROCESS OF PRODUCTION
Abstract The earliest uses of Olmec greenstone (jadeite, greenstone, schist, green quartz, and others) accelerated the interregional exchange of technology and raw materials. These relationshipsExpand
Dating the Origin of Chinese Writing: Evidence from Oracle Bone Inscriptions
The convergence of a visual sign containing semantic value with an audio symbol signifies the creation of writing. Writing was independently created at least four times in human history, hence,Expand
THE CASCAJAL BLOCK: NEW LINE DRAWING, DISTRIBUTIONAL ANALYSIS, AND ORTHOGRAPHIC PATTERNS
TLDR
The Cascajal Block, a serpentinite artifact with an Olmec text dating to ca. Expand
The Flesh of God: Cosmology, Food, and the Origins of Political Power in Ancient Southeastern Mesoamerica
I come today as a pilgrim from the east, from Maya lowland country, sister and daughter civilization, to the heartland of the first civilization in our American part of the world: Olman, OlmecExpand
The past that does not let go… a few words about cultural studies of Maya
Ab s t r a c t The research is of great interest due to the overall situation in the history of the an-cient American civilizations, to the growing interest in religion, mythology, and the worldviewExpand
The Corpus Problem in the RongoRongo Studies
TLDR
Careful considerations based on a theoretical and practical framework show that a new transliteration system agreed by consensus needs to be implemented for the RR corpus problem, and engagement with corpus linguistics literature is deemed vital. Expand
...
1
2
3
4
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 15 REFERENCES
Olmec Origins of Mesoamerican Writing
TLDR
These artifacts reveal that the key aspects of the Mesoamerican scripts were present in Olmec writing: the combination of pictographic and glyphic elements to represent speech; the use of the sacred 260-day calendar; and the connection between writing, the calendar, and kingship. Expand
Early Maya Writing at San Bartolo, Guatemala
TLDR
The ruins of San Bartolo, Guatemala, contain a sample of Maya hieroglyphic writing dating to the Late Preclassic period, which implies that a developed Maya writing system was in use centuries earlier than previously thought, approximating a time when the earliest scripts elsewhere in Mesoamerica. Expand
Olmec art and archaeology in Mesoamerica
This handsome volume presents the creations of Mesoamerica's most ancient societies in their archaeological contexts. The Olmec, who are best known for a unique style of monumental stone head andExpand
Last Writing: Script Obsolescence in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Mesoamerica
By any measure, the creation and development of writing was a cybernetic advance with far-reaching consequences. It allowed writers to communicate with readers who were distant in time and space,Expand
Breaking the Maya Code
This is the story of how the Mayan glyphs found in the ancient ruins of Copan and other Mayan sites have been deciphered within the last 20 years. Michael Coe worked with all the leading players inExpand
The Olmec World: Ritual and Rulership
Between 1400 and 400 BC, in what is now Mexico and Central America, the Olmec people created a magnificent culture, one too often overshadowed by those of the Maya and the Aztec. This catalogueExpand
The Olmecs: America's First Civilization
The Olmecs of southern Mexico were America's oldest civilization and Mesoamerica's 'Mother Culture'. Long famous for their Colossal Heads carved from giant boulders, the Olmecs have fascinated theExpand
"J."
however (for it was the literal soul of the life of the Redeemer, John xv. io), is the peculiar token of fellowship with the Redeemer. That love to God (what is meant here is not God’s love to men)Expand
Olmec Art at Dumbarton Oaks
A scattering of jades : stories, poems, and prayers of the Aztecs
Long before Europeans came to America, the Aztecs created a unique culture based on myth and a love of language. Myths and poems were an important part of their culture, and a successful speech by aExpand
...
1
2
...