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Modern code cracking adventures with ancient Indus Valley Script suggest it represents spoken language

by Laura Welcher on April 29th, 02009

 Indus Valley Script

In an article published in the April 24 issue of Sciences, researchers describe how they applied a computational process called “comparative entropy” to a corpus of ancient Indus Valley Script texts.  The results of the analysis show a kind of patterning they argue is only found in glottographic, or speech-based, writing systems.  The complex Indus Valley civilization flourished from 2,600 to 1,900 B.C. and left hundreds of engravings on seals and tablets — writings which have yet to be deciphered.

Members of the AAAS can read the Science article online here.  Otherwise this Asia Times Online article has a summary that describes historical attempts at identifying the script that would rival the storied Rosetta Stone.

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