Rare Cuneiform Script Found on Island of Malta

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Excavations among what many scholars consider to be the world’s oldest monumental buildings on the island of Malta continue to unveil surprises and raise new questions about the significance of these megalithic structures and the people who built them. Not least is the latest find - a small but rare, crescent-moon shaped agate stone featuring a 13th-century B.C.E. cuneiform inscription, the likes of which would normally be found much farther west in Mesopotamia.

Led by palaeontology professor Alberto Cazzella of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, the archaeological team found the inscribed stone in the sancturary site of Tas-Silg, a megalithic temple built during the late Neolithic period, and which has been used for various religious and ceremonial purposes by the ancients from the third millennium BC to the Byzantine era. Read more.

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The plug/cork of the Source has marking on it, the clearest of which is ‘cuneiform script’.

“Cuneiform script is one of the earliest known forms of written expression. Emerging in Sumer around the 30th century BC, with predecessors reaching into the late 4th millennium, cuneiform writing began as a system of pictographs.”

See, this is the sort of thing I love about Lost! It gives you these little hints such as the above, like how there were island inhabitants 3 millennia before Across the Sea took place! Does anyone else not love that?