Top 10 Mysterious Hieroglyph’s That Still Can’t Be Translated

Whats up people hope youre having an awesome day, Im your host Ayman Hasan and welcome back to another video here at most amazing top 10 The fact there were people that existed way way before us that spoke and wrote in languages we will never know or understand blows my mind

What if they knew something really profound that we still dont know? I mean its a gap in the system for sure We like to think we’ve cracked most of the pasts secrets but the truth is we havent at all So lets get into talking about more things we dont know about, this is the top 10 Mysterious Hieroglyphs That Still Can’t Be Translated Starting us off with number 10 is The First Egyptian Alphabet Now if we’re talking hieroglyphics then you bet your ass im gonna start off with hitting you guys with some Ancient Egyptian facts

So in the 1990s Yale archaeologists John and Deborah Darnell uncovered 2 inscriptions at the Wadi el Hol which translates to Gulch of Terror The hieroglyphics were carved into a limestone wall alongside hundreds of other inscriptions from 4000 years ago The duo were able to recognise some of the glyphs but there rest were a mystery The glyphs looked like they were one of the earliest transitions from hieroglyphs to an alphabetic system in Egypt These specific ones were from 1800BC, and the Darnells were shocked these people were trying to spread real ‘modern’ writing amongst people that had no writing system

The hieroglyphics ive seen in movies and pictures are quite intricate and pictorial but these ones were more loose and flowy and there was less literal representation of words if that makes any sense at all Coming in at number 9 is The Sitovo inscription Back in 1928 the inscription was found by an archaeological expedition led by Alexander Peev The inscription itself is 2 lines of carvings 34 meters long and the individual letters are 40cm tall

But before the expedition found it, a group of woodcutters actually discovered the markings and thought it would lead to hidden treasure Spoiler alert it didnt The archaeologists had no idea what the inscription said and in a plot twist turn of events Alexander Peev was actually executed shortly after on suspicion for being a secret Soviet agent The evidence held against him was the fact he had sent a weird coded message to the Soviet Union which was actually just a copy of the inscription in hope they could decipher it Many have tried to translate it but all have failed

Can you believe that? Alexander died for this and we still havent figured it out Shocking At number 8 we have Proto-Elamite Now this glyph system was used in Iran almost 5000 years ago Its written and read from right to left very much like Arabic and thats about all we know about it so lets move on

No im kidding So its true we dont know much about it except that the system was used in a large geographical area and that the proto-elamites did a bad job of keeping the symbols they invented in any sort of organised order The symbols were carved in clay and theyre a lot less descriptive or telling than Egyptian glyphs These ones are like shape and line centric where a numerical sign will usually follow the object its counting Experts actually called on the public to help decipher the tablets and that project is still ongoing till this day so good luck you guys

Filling our number 7 slot is Linear A So back in 1893 an archaeologist called Sir Arthur Evans decided to buy some ancient stones from a flea market in Athens The stones had mysterious inscriptions on them which he couldnt make any sense of When he later went back to Crete to work on the excavations at Knossos (na-sas) he realised the glyphs on his stones and the engraved tablets he was finding on the island were very similar He split the writing systems into 2, Linear A and B

Linear A was used the primary script used by Minoans in religious writings and in the palace Linear B was deciphered in the 1950s, turns out it was an early form of Greek and Linear A still hasnt been deciphered Since the two have similarities experts tried using what symbols they knew from B for A but it just translated into nonsensical words The glyphs themselves are kind of like Egyptian hieroglyphs except less developed and detailed maybe Thats just an observation from someone completely not qualified to make observations about this

Now at number 6 is the Cascajal Block (caca-hal) Found in Mexico by road builders in the late 90s the Cascajal block is a iPad sized writing slab which has been said to be as old as first millennium BCE The 11kg block was found among other ceramic pieces that were dated to the Olmec culture that ended in 900BCE This made it overtake the Zapotec writing which was dated 900BCE and was the worlds oldest writing before that Archaeologists from Brown describe the glyphs as the earliest writing system in the New World

The 62 glyphs themsleves honestly and i mean no disrespect look like a childrens drawing Like if you asked a kid to draw a bug or a knife or a fire i feel like this is the result youll get But even then they still havent ever been translated properly so theres that Coming in at number 5 is The Indus Script 4000 years ago The Indus Valley Civilisation was what Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and India are now

Now the Indus Script is the earliest form of writing from the Indian subcontinent and we still have no idea what it says Which is great We’re out here throwing cheese slices on animals for the gram but we dont have time to decipher the Indus Script The script has been found on everything, pottery, bones, ivory, bronze, copper etc, and so far theres been no agreement on what language the script even represents The writing is always accompanied by a picture and the writing obviously tells the pictures story

A lot of the scenes depicted are myths and stories and even religious reenactments The script has around 400 signs and only 31 of them are used semi regularly meaning the rest are rarely found So experts guessed that they probably were used but just carved into perishable material which obviously hasnt survived Either way all we really know about is that its written from right to left, even though in some cases the direction changes when you go onto the next line Let me clarify all we do know about is is that a semi circle represents units of 10

At number 4 are Cretan Hieroglyphs We’ve already covered Linear A but 100 years before Linear A was even a thing Cretan hieroglyphics were already very developed and were the very first writing system in all of Europe Linear A had more rectangular glyphs whereas Cretan glyphs had actual figurative representations of things like cats and weapons as well as other glyphs complimenting them Whilst Linear A was mostly found on clay tablets, Cretan texts were on smaller objects like seal stones Even if we compared Cretan hieroglyphs to all we know and dont know about Linear A and B it still tells us nothing

From the analysis that has been done on them experts have found that the Cretan hieroglyphs include 96 syllabograms which represent sound, but a bunch of them also represent other words so thats fantastic, and they have two types of punctuation Filling our number 3 slot are the Vinča (veen-cha) symbols Sometimes referred to as the Danube script, these symbols were found on a bunch of artifacts from the Neolithic era in Central to Southeastern Europe They were found in 1875 by a Hungarian archaeologist called Zsofia Torma Now experts have agreed the symbols arent a writing system themselves but some kind of private language

Some even think its the earliest known writing system that paved the way for all the others The symbols themselves kind of just look like numbers in latin, one was 3 lines, another was a V and then a line So it was very latin esque yet they still have pictures and abstract symbols The inscriptions were mostly found on pottery and figurines and 85% of the inscriptions were just one single symbol Because of that people initially thought the symbols were just marks of property saying this belongs to X but that theorys been abandoned for a while now

So i dont really know what to tell you Now at number 2 is The Singapore Stone Now this was a huge sandstone slab that was found at the mouth of the Singapore River and which bore an undecipherable inscription It was there for about 700 years before workers found it while clearing away the jungle trees to make room for a British fort Archaeologists have concluded it could be from the 13th century or even as early as the 10th

The stone is absolutely covered in writing and apparently the person who commissioned the stone was Sumatran Theres even a legend associated with the stone which says a 14th century strongman called Badang threw a stone in the Singapore River and this was said stone Modern theories point to the inscription being written in early forms of Sanskrit or Old Javanese but no ones 100% sure Either way the slab got blown up to make way for the fort and the stone that remains is at the National Museum of Singapore if youre interested in seeing it And finally at number 1 is Rongorongo

Now rongorongo was actually a glyph system that was discovered when missionaries went to Easter Island in the 1860s and found dozens of wooden tablets Most of the tablets were actually just irregular pieces of wood or driftwood and most were really worn down, others were burnt and the rest were damaged beyond repair The glyphs themselves are mostly just outlines of people, plants, animals or other forms Upon seeing the glyphs the missionaries asked the Rapanui natives if they knew what they meant and were told that no one knows anymore since all the wise men are dead Apparently only a very small group of elite were literate and knew how to read Rongorongo

Youre probably wondering how hard could reading it really be for the natives but boy am I about to drop a bomb on you Rongorongo is written in a way where every line is read in alternating directions, first line is read left to right, second line is right to left, third line is read after you turn the tablet 180 degrees etc like its incredibly confusing its like a crossword of sentences and youre just trying not to drown in it And thats all for todays video guys! I really wanna know what all these glyphs meant like clearly people carved them for a purpose for a reason, to communicate something and here we are not knowing what that is Its sad but its reality

Deciphering codes and stuff is a lot of fun for me even though theyre hard as hell so i cant even imagine how hard it would be to even approach the ones on this list Either way lemme know what you guys thought below and as always I’m your host Ayman Hasan and ill see you next time Byee

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