The Global Prehistory Consortium at EURO INNOVANET
Republic of Serbia and Montenegro

Unusual object with an inscription

A long, complex dedication appears on an object, of unknown use, from Vincha (former Yugoslavia) that belongs to the Neolithic times.
Although most of the ancient European texts were brief, because composed by combining groups of two or more signs, some terracottas have sequences consisting of over a dozen characters, so formalised as to suggest a complex ritual dedication or a formula to record, preserve and transmit a myth.


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Vincha Culture ca 4000 BC, Western Publishers, Calgary, 1981