These symbols have been found on many of the artefacts excavated from
sites in south-east Europe, in particular from Vinča near Belgrade,
but also in Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, eastern Hungary, Moldova, southern
Ukraine and the former Yugoslavia. The artefacts date from between the
7th and 4th millennia BC and those decorated with these symbols are
between 8,000 and 6,500 years old.
Some scholars believe that the Vinča symbols represent the earliest
form of writing ever found, predating ancient Egyptian and Sumerian
writing by thousands of years. Since the inscriptions are all short
and appear on objects found in burial sites, and the language represented
is not known, it is highly unlikely they will ever be deciphered.
Symbols dating from the oldest period of Vinča culture (6th-5th millennia
Common symbols used throughout the Vinča period
Other Vinča symbols
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