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Old March 8th, 2008, 01:57 PM   #1
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Cool How many greek letters can you recognize here?

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These inscriptions are from China - western Zhou dynasty and are dated from 1028 to 771 BC.
As a Greek i can recognize almost all the greek alphabet there.
This is very strange because these symbols appear in the greek region at about 800 BC. with the disputed argument - in my opinion - of the phoenician origin of the greek alphabet.
Something does not going well with the ancient scripts considering too many mistakes by archaeologists in translating the linear B script till 1950.
I think we miss something here. I have the suspicion that there is a greek influence here but there are not enough evidences about that.

I want your opinion.

Pottery writings from Qing Jiang County (1530-1395 BC)
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Pottery writings from Gao City and Zheng Zhou Er Li Gang (1620-1595 BC)
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Old March 8th, 2008, 03:25 PM   #2
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Re: How many greek letters can you recognize here?

No, I'm quite certain that Greece and China did not have any contact at those times. I can recognize many of the ancient chinese pictographs and which characters they eventually morph into in the present era. For example, on the Qing Jiang County thing,
2. moon
4. seven
7. one thousand
13. Early/fast
14. Stop
19. Hand
20. Ten
22. Middle/Center/China
33. Field
39. River
42. Up/Above

Early on, many of China's characters were just pictographs that morphed over time, but they represent only a very tiny portion of the thousands of characters.
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