Skip to comments.Experts trying to decipher ancient language
Posted on 02/28/2009 12:35:50 PM PST by ApplegateRanch
When archaeologists on a dig in southern Portugal last year flipped over a heavy chunk of slate and saw writing not used for more than 2,500 years, they were elated.
The enigmatic pattern of inscribed symbols curled symmetrically around the upper part of the rough-edged, yellowish stone tablet and coiled into the middle in a decorative style typical of an extinct Iberian language called Southwest Script.
"We didn't break into applause, but almost," says Amilcar Guerra, a University of Lisbon lecturer overseeing the excavation. "It's an extraordinary thing."
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I read that they translated the tablet just today. It says “People of the future, beware of The One named Obama if you value your culture, freedom and wallet.”
Jack? Sam? Teal'c?
Hummm..... Base 3?
Maybe the Southwest Airlines in-flight magazine will have an article on this.
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Drink more Olv....
Eat at Joes
Slightly off subject but I'm struck by this gent's name. Anybody remember the 1st great Carthaginian General of the Punic Wars? Hamilcar Barca was both that and the father of the famous Hannibal Barca of 'over the Alps with Elephants' and crushing Rome [almost]. Hamilcar conquered much of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain & Portugal) before dying. Given the frequently silent 'h', one wonders if history lives in his name?
Also commend to Alternative History SF aficionados the S.M.Stirling Trilogy, "Island in the Sea of Time" where a main opposition character is a native Tartessian. This is a well done series about Nantucket Island being transposed to 1350 BC and encounters with an active Stonehenge community and Troy and Odysseus. The Tartessian antagonist is motivated because the modern history books of 1999 AD have bare mention of his nation and culture!
... I’m struck by this gent’s name.
Perhaps now we'll get to the bottom of this Dighton Rock business.
We are going to find out that this is not a language, but simply early gang symbols/graffiti.
All I can say about this is, bilaketak egitean edozein alfabeto erabili ahal duzu eta datu-basean agertzen diren erdal formak ere aurkitzen ahaleginduko da bilatzailea.
It’s obviously either Goa’uld or Ancient.
Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, off to Amazon I go!
Usually not my favorite sub-genre of SF, but this one sounds interesting. Thanks!
Thanks! OTOH, I survived the crap English 1-A/2-A English Lit instructors required us to read. And that was back the Bad Old Days, when SF was proscribed as ‘mere genre’, that no amount of salt, let alone a grain, could make “respectable”.
I don't think you will regret it, his cast of characters for the very large part ring true. My personal recommendation would be to buy a used copy of "Island" If you like it then go for the full set. In my personal opinion the 2nd volume is better and the third is in between but what do I know!
"You have nothing to fear, we are from your government and we will take care of you......"
Thanks again. I usually do use the Amazon ‘buy used’ for things I’m not certain about.
Given that a large number of 'English' teachers, professors and instructors were and are dyed-in-the-wool members of the Modern Language Association (MLA), I think that they would do away with English itself if they could figure out a logical way of doing it. Being that logic is not their strong suit, they just continue with fond paeans to deconstructionism and Marxist rhetoric.
As for Science Fiction, it was a SF Author Ted Sturgeon, who formulated the best reply to criticism of the genre when he replied that 90% of EVERYTHING was dreck. I think in the original there was another word used instead of dreck ...
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How you do dat?
If old H.T. woulda just crawled back under her rock she would have found the answer to her question, instead of badgering po’ ol’ O about it. It could have been a croning achievement...
I could tell ya, but then...
You can tell me; I got a FR clearance AND decoder ring!
Sturgeon’s Law. Yes, the original was more pithy.
Since I was in school, SF has gone from proscribed pariah to a graduate degree course of study; from sub-counterculture, to mainstream.
Better pay and markets for the authors, but a lot less fan-fun and freewheeling fan-pro mixing at the conventions.
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