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The oldest un-deciphered writing system in the world has eluded academics for years, but now a researcher is attempting to harness the power of ‘crowd-sourcing’ to solve this ancient riddle.
The team led by a University of Washington researcher has used computers to extract patterns in ancient Indus symbols. The study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows distinct patterns in the symbols' placement in sequences and creates a statistical model for the unknown language.
It's more than idle doodling and the meaning is unclear. But there's one thing researchers are sure of: The insect, ear of corn, inverted fish and other symbols inscribed on an ancient stone slab is the earliest known writing in the Western Hemisphere.
- In medieval musical notation, a sign or neume denoting a shake or trill.