|The Global Prehistory Consortium at EURO INNOVANET|
Signs, inscriptions, organizing principles and messages
of the Danube script
by Marco Merlini
A mother on a throne holding a child in her arms. From the small village of Rast (west Romania) belonging to the Vincha culture. Both figures are covered with strange geometrical and abstract motifs that suggest writing. This is astonishing, because this "Madonna" is over 7000 years old. Had south-west neolithic Europe developed its own script 2000 years before the Sumerians and Egyptians? Did an ancient proto-European script exist that has since been lost?This area of the website focuses on the characteristics of the script which developed in south-east Europe 7000 years ago, some two thousand years earlier than any other known writing.
script originally appeared in the central Balkan area and had an indigenous
1997). It quickly spread to the Danube valley, southern Hungary,
Macedonia, Transylvania and northern Greece. It flourished up to about
5500 years ago when a social upheaval took place: according to some,
there was an invasion of new populations, whilst others have hypothesised
the emergence of a new elite.
the proto-European writing has not only been twice lost to us, but what
remains of it is unfathomable and tenaciously resists the efforts of
anyone attempting to decipher it. Nothing is known about the existence
of such a reference language. Moreover, it is too ancient for us to
hope to find something like the multilingual "Rosetta Stone"
which would permit us to translate it into a known language.
it is now lost and it is unlikely it will ever be possible to decipher
it, some of its elements suggest a kind of script used for blessings
and invocations, for dedications, divinations, magical or liturgical
formulas (not simple signs). In other words it recorded language-related
ideas and statements by means of standard graphic signs.