Scientists Use Computers To Learn More About Mysterious Ancient Writings

August 4, 2009

India (ChattahBox) – A team of researchers have begun using computer graphics and mathematics to find patterns and secrets hidden within mysterious hieroglyphics that have long since left experts stumped.

The pictures were carved by prehistoric humans that used to pass between what is now India and Pakistan to trade. Until now, the meaning behind the script has been unknown.

But now researchers from both the United States and India, led by a team from the University of Washington, have begun to use a formula to establish patterns within the script, to begin to translate it’s meaning.

The formula is created by putting together patterns that occur several times, and so give a baseline for creating a model.

Professor Rajesh Rao explains in Science Daily:

“The statistical model provides insights into the underlying grammatical structure of the Indus script. Such a model can be valuable for decipherment, because any meaning ascribed to a symbol must make sense in the context of other symbols that precede or follow it.”

But many are saying that even with a model, it is doubtful that they will find an actual language behind the symbols, and say that they may just be icons represented, rather than words.

But Rao doesn’t believe so. According to him, the slight shift of certain symbols seems to restart a new sequence, making it much more complex than mere pictures.

“The finding that the Indus script may have been versatile enough to represent different subject matter in West Asia is provocative. This finding is hard to reconcile with the claim that the script merely represents religious or political symbols,” he said.


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