The Global Prehistory Consortium at EURO INNOVANET
-Figurine from Tangiru - The "mythogram" from Ocna Sibiului - The inscription from Daia Româna

A mother on a throne holding a child in her arms. Both are headless and covered with strange geometrical signs and abstract motifs that suggest writing. They come from the small village of Rast (western Romania). The archaeological site of Rast is near Danube and belong to the Vincha culture. This "Madonna", as the locals call her, is 12 cm. high and over 7,000 years old.

The archaeologist Marija Gimbutas was the first to observe that the marks are neither placed at random nor according to an individual spatial logic. Nor do they follow a particular aesthetic and ornamental criterion. They are both linear and with a more tortuous and compact pattern. They cover the back, flanks and stomach. A set of sequential geometrical designs is especially evident on the back.
It has been hypothesised that mother and child are inscribed with an ancient and lost form of proto-European script , two thousand years older than the Mesopotamian one.


Gimbutas M., The Civilization of the Goddess, HarperCollins Publishers, 1991
Gimbutas M., The Living Goddesses, University of California Press, 1999

Merlini M., Was Writing Born in Europe? Searching for a Sacred Script, Rome ( in preparation )