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Earliest Writing Clues on the Romanian Traditional Houses

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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 that symbols used in architectural ornamentation, in embroidery, on ceramics, such as the circle, crosses, rings, are representations of the Sun. Such symbols, and even more complex ones, can be found on hundreds of traditional houses in Bukowina and other regions of Romania. Symbols which, at a first glance appear to be merely decorative elements, depict the Sun, the Moon, the stars, as protective talismans. Romanian peasants seemed to follow these symbols for artistic reason, and without awareness of their meanings. In 1961, archaeological finds indicating their origins have raised doubts on what we thought we knew about ancient civilizations…

Earliest Writing System

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.
Dimitrie Olenici

“In Romanian villages, these ornaments are found so often that some houses almost seem to be solar temples of ancient Egypt transferred to our era. 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.
Romanian Traditional Houses

The typical example consists of a circle intersected on each sides by a circular arc, with three rays projecting downwards, and with three curves above it. Sometimes another smaller circle can be found in the interior of the circle, sometimes a small point.
Oldest Writing System

To decipher this image, which has very ancient roots, it may be said that the circle represents the solar disc, the side arcs the Moon as it passes in front of the Sun, the upper arcs the solar prominences which can be seen during a total eclipse, and the central point a sunspot.”(“The Sun And Solar Eclipses In Traditional Romanian Ornamental Patterns – Dimitrie Olenici and Maria Olenici)
Tartaria Tablets

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 (“The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe. 1974”).

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