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Indus Valley Stone Tablets Inscriptions

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 26, 2009 No Comment

A new study to be published in Science magazine, regarding the stone tablet inscriptions from the Indus Valley region four thousand years ago, is a topic of hotly contested debate:

Did the people of the Indus Valley civilization have a written language? According to the researchers who conducted the latest analysis, the answer is yes, and the next step is to search for the grammatical rules governing the language. But other researchers have harsh words for the methods used in the study. “As they say: garbage in, garbage out,” [New Scientist], one critic says.

Researchers used “pattern-analyzing software to first analyze a collection of languages, including Sanskrit, ancient Sumerian, and modern English. They then examined other information systems, including a computer programming language and the sequence of DNA.”

Check out a discussion of the article here.


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