Saturday, September 25, 2010
Estate records of Klé Rankj
The tablet which is engraved with information on the estate of an elderly gentleman, Klé Rankj. dated around 320 c.e.
A notable find was made earlier this week in the small town of Madan in Youndétr. A local farmer, S'ge Naranj, while clearing out some of the older flooring materials in the family house, discovered a very small, rather thin clay tablet. Curious as to what it was, he brought it to the local archaelogical team.
The team is bubbling over with excitement on account of this simple clay object.
"I've never seen the like," said team leader Joseph Asfeld when asked why this particular tablet is so valuable. "There are pictograms used multiple times on the tablet- something we've only ever found in artifacts from the Tribe of the East. This suggests a western origin for them." He went on to explain that the tablet itself is a personal record done for one Klé Rankj in about the year 320. It was probably buried when the house partially collapsed in the great earthquakes of 420, after the old man died.
Further clarification on the ramifications of the artifact came from Sasha Alexi, an expert in ancient Cat sign.
"You see, Cat sign in its written form is found all over the continent- but almost never combined with local writings, and never from this time period. As everyone knows, the Cat weren't exiled from Atipica until around 700 c.e. during the Great Drought. The fact that these markings are being used about 400 years before the Cat even existed is really compelling evidence that the writing must have first been developed in the west, and then spread eastward, where the Cat adopted it and began using it to write their language."
The pictograms which have everyone so excited are relatively simple little etchings, but their like has never been found in an area of First Tribe prominence.
The tablet, which is in remarkably good condition for something its age, even shows traces of a pressing cloth which was used to flatten it. The use of cloth in the formation of clay tablets is a characteristic of the work of early Yaundi scribes. Though a thorough search was conducted on the man's property, nothing further has - of yet- been found.