Upon examination, archaeologists carmen rodriguez and ponciano ortiz revealed that the serpentine block contained sixty two images on one of its surfaces after investigating the images on the block, they believed that an example of written text had been found. The evidence for this writing system is based solely on the text on the cascajal block the block holds a total of 62 glyphs, some of which resemble plants such as corn and ananas, or animals such as insects and fish.
Unknown writing system uncovered on ancient olmec tablet by will parker on september 15, 2006 in news science magazine this week details the discovery of a stone block in veracruz, mexico, that contains a previously unknown system of writing believed by archeologists to be the earliest in the americas. The cascajal block was discovered by road builders in the late 1990s in a pile of debris in the village of lomas de tacamichapa in the veracruz lowlands in the ancient olmec heartland the block was found amidst ceramic shards and clay figurines and from these the block is dated to the olmec archaeological culture's san lorenzo tenochtitlán phase, which ended c 900 bce, preceding the oldest zapotec writing dated to about 500 bce.
The “cascajal block” (figures 1, 2), as it is known by virtue of its find spot, was first brought to the attention of rodríguez martínez and ortíz ceballos in april 1999, when local authorities from the mu. They say the block and its ancient script “link the olmec civilization to literacy, document an unsuspected writing system, and reveal a new complexity to this civilization” “it’s a tantalizing discovery. The block was named for its find spot in the village of cascajal, municipality of lomas de tacamichapa, jáltipan, veracruz, mexico the cascajal block was discovered by road builders in the late 1990s in a pile of debris in the village of lomas de tacamichapa in the veracruz lowlands in the ancient olmec heartland.
The intrigue of the block lies in the writing system, a hitherto unknown way of communication for the olmecs of ancient mesoamerica it's showing that they're literate, explained dr stephen houston, a corresponding author of the paper and a professor of anthropology at brown university. Mystery of the controversial cascajal block – oldest writing in the americas ancientpagescom | october 12, whereas the cascajal text forms broadly horizontal lines in fact, it has precious few similarities with any other known ancient writing from the region, such as that of the mayans. The cascajal block is a stone tablet with the oldest known writing found in the western hemisphere the inscription on the stone has been dated to 900 bc or 400 years before writing had been known to exist in mesoamerica, and by extension in the americas.
An examination of the ancient piece of writing, the cascajal block (1597 words, 4 pages) cascajal blockthe cascajal block is an ancient piece of writing from the time of the olmecs on a stone block the block was discovered in the 1990s in the village of lomas de tacamichapa which is located in veracruz, the heartland of the olmecs. The cascajal block ends the debate over whether the olmecs had written language, and suggests they were capable of developing a codified legal system, passing on religious rituals, and conducting long-distance communcation and trade now archaeologists are on the lookout for more examples of their writing.
One thought on “ the cascajal block of the olmec civilization ” stmuir on november 16, 2014 at 10:04 pm said: i find it interesting that the writing on the block does not connect with any other forms of writing in the area or the time period. The cascajal block is a very controversial artifact that could change history as we know it other mesoamerican writing systems tend to be written vertically, whereas the cascajal text forms broadly horizontal lines. The cascajal block is a tablet-sized writing slab in mexico, made of serpentinite, which has been dated to the early first millennium bce, incised with hitherto unknown characters that may represent the earliest writing system in the new world.