Earliest Writing Clues on the Romanian Traditional Houses
Burnt clay tablets discovered in the village of Tărtăria – claimed to represent the earliest writing system in the world
Ethnographic studies indicate the presence of ancient symbols used in architectural ornamentation, in embroidery, on ceramics, symbols that can be found on hundreds of traditional houses in Bukowina and other regions of Romania. Romanian peasants seemed to follow these symbols for artistic reason, and without awareness of their ancientness. In 1961, archaeological finds indicating their origins have raised doubts on what we thought we knew about ancient civilizations.
Three burnt clay tablets dated to around 5500 BC, discovered in the village of Tărtăria, in Transylvania, were claimed to represent the earliest writing system in the world.
Romanian peasants do not consciously follow Tărtăria models when decorating their houses or possessions, but these symbols have descended down through time
Romanian physicist and inventor Prof. Dimitrie Olenici, who has been studying the symbols on the traditional houses for many years, made a great discovery.
“In Romanian villages, these ornaments are found so often. This is not accidental. Similar symbols have been seen on the burnt clay tablets discovered in the village of Tărtăria. Romanian peasants do not consciously follow Tărtăria models when decorating their houses or possessions, but these symbols have descended down through time, from one generation to the next. “(Dimitrie Olenici and Maria Olenici)
Symbols on the Tărtăria tablets, and on hundreds of traditional houses, are clues indicating the existence of an ancient civilization in the Carpatho-Danubian space.
“They are dated now solidly in a period when the Sumerians did not even know that they would become Sumerians”, says the German linguist and cultural scientist Harald Haarmann.
Even though the tablets have been subject of considerable controversy, archaeologists like Marija Gimbutas speak of the Carpatho-Danubian Space as of the cradle of Ancient Europe. She calls its inhabitants the creators and founders of the European civilization .