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Old February 9th, 2012, 06:08 PM   #1

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Oldest known written record?


Forgive me if there's already a thread about this - but what is the oldest known written record we have? I just randomly pondered this while glancing through a book on Ancient history yesterday.

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Probably a Sumerian inscription. Perhaps the inscription that tells the story of the Lagash-Umma dispute?
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I would imagine something Sumerian or Akkadian.
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Old February 9th, 2012, 06:26 PM   #4

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Came across these via Google:
Oldest known written record in Europe discovered | Archaeology News from Past Horizons

BBC News | Sci/Tech | 'Earliest writing' found
^^^ this is from Pakistan though.
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I have seen the oldest recorded peace treaty in Istanbul:

Egyptian-Hittite peace treaty - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For the answer to your question, you will find it here:

8,000 BCE to 1,000 BCE Timeline : From Cave Paintings to the Internet
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emm....hammurabbi's code????
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Old February 9th, 2012, 06:35 PM   #7

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I have seen the oldest recorded peace treaty in Istanbul:

Egyptian-Hittite peace treaty - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For the answer to your question, you will find it here:

8,000 BCE to 1,000 BCE Timeline : From Cave Paintings to the Internet
Thanks.
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Old February 10th, 2012, 09:38 AM   #8

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Cave paintings and symbols can be a form of written record. Neolithic people were both speaking and trading. They must have a need to write down some basic things like 5 goats, 2 sheep, 2 chicken.

Now, if we want to talk about literal writing where the writing system represents words and phrases, then you can securely talk about the early Sumerian records.

We can also be hopeful that the carvings of "Old Europe" found in the Balkans, from Romania to Greece, might be forms of early writing (syllabic at least). Tartaria and Dispilio writings date back to the 6th millennium BC.
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Wouldn't the Hittite-Mitanni treaty be older than the Egyptian-Hittite treaty?
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