INDUS VALLEY SEALS
02, Aug 2019
Prelims level : Ancient History Mains level : GS-1 Art and Culture
- A recent study claims that a majority of the Indus Valley inscriptions were written logographically (by using word signs) and not by using phonograms (speech sounds units).
- Interrogating Indus inscription to unravel their mechanism of meaning conveyance.
What is Logographic
- In Logographic system a written character that represents a word or phrase.
- Logographic systems include the earliest writing systems; the first historical civilizations of the Near East, Africa, China, and Central America used some form of logographic writing.
Findings of Study:
- The Study points out that the inscriptions can be compared to the structured messages found on stamps, coupons, tokens and currency coins of modern times.
- The article mainly focusses on understanding how Indus inscriptions conveyed meanings, rather than on deciphering what they conveyed.
- Analysing the brevity of the inscriptions, the rigid positional preferences maintained by the signs of the inscriptions, and the co-occurrence of restriction patterns demonstrated by certain classes of Indus signs it can be inferred that such patterns can never be phonological cooccurrence restrictions
- The researcher said that the popular hypothesis that the seals were inscribed with ProtoDravidian or ProtoIndoEuropean names of the seal owners does not hold water.