Ancient Dispilio Disk And Traditional History Of Writing – This controversial artifact in form of a wooden tablet known as the Dispilio Tablet (or the Dispilio Disk) clearly contradicts history as we know it.

If it is proved one day, the beginning of writing goes back in time two thousand years at least.

The curious tablet was unearthed during excavations conducted by the professor of prehistoric archaeology George Chourmouziadis and his team in the Neolithic settlement near the modern village of Dispilio on Lake Kastoria, in Northern Greece.


Among many other artifacts, there were also found bone flutes (image below), the oldest musical instrument ever found in Europe, but still the most important find is the puzzling tablet with signs, which so far, no one has been able to decipher.
Do inscriptions on a wooden tablet represent the earliest in Southeastern Europe, communication effort? Was it an early form of written speech of our ancestors?

The artifact – inscribed with symbols similar to those of the Vinca Culture – has been carbon 14-dated to about 5260 BC, which means that it is 2,000 years older than proto-Sumerian pictographic script from Uruk (modern Iraq) and 4,000 years older than the Cretan-Mycenean linear types of writing.

See also:

Mysterious Ancient Vinca Culture And Its Undeciphered Script

According to professor Hourmouziadis the text with the markings could not be easily publicized because it would ultimately change the current historical background concerning the origins of writing and articulate speech depicted with letters instead of ideograms within the borders of the ancient Greek world and by extension, the broader European one.


The current theory proposes that the ancient Greeks received their alphabet from the ancient civilizations of the Middle East (Babylonians, Sumerians and Phoenicians) and thus, it fails to close the historic gap of some 4,000 years.

This gap translates into the following facts: while ancient eastern civilizations would use ideograms to express themselves, the ancient Greeks were using syllables in a similar manner like we use today, according to Chourmouziadis.

The currently accepted theory suggests that the ancient Greeks learned to write around 800 BC from the Phoenicians.


Among many important questions that emerge among scholars are:

how is it possible for the Greek language to have 800,000 word entries, ranking first among all known languages in the world, while the second next has only 250,000 word entries?

how is it possible for the Homeric Poems to have been produced at about 800 BC, which is just when the ancient Greeks learned to write?

It would be impossible for the ancient Greeks to write these poetic works without having had a history of writing of at least 10,000 years back, according to a US linguistic research.

The markings on the tablet did not resemble the human figures, the sun and moon or other figures ideograms usually depict, according to Hourmouziadis.

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