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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Mexican stone block could hold New World's first poem

A stone discovered in Veracruz, Mexico, has the earliest form of text in the Americas...

it has paired sequences of signs that could be poetic couplets...

The Olmec were not previously known to be literate.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm not surprised. When whites first came to the Americas, they encountered societies far superior to their own in all fields--mathematics, medicine, astronomy, agriculture and technology. I just finished reading 1491, which sheds new light on the enormity of what was decimated by the arrival of the Europeans.

Peter said...

Make a lifesize replica for the Poetry Bus? I'm sure they have room. (hehehehe)