in a sanctuary (perhaps), the Gradenica plaque recalls a ritual,
shallow vase 12.5 cm long. Discovered in Vraca (north-west Bulgaria),
it dates back to the end of the eighth millennium and is bearing inscriptions
on both sides.
On the outside, it reveals an anthropomorphic stylised figure in a ritual
posture with arms raised, surrounded by a great quantity of triangular
and V-shaped motifs.
The picture shows the inside of the Gradenica plaque, bearing a
long inscription divided into four horizontal segments; above each line
there are three or four very different signs: the root-signs of the
proto-European script crossed with religious symbols.
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