Special Study: Indus Script

The Indus script is a 4,600 year old writing system, fragments of which are found in an area that now includes parts of Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.

I have studied a sample of the Indus inscriptions, and conclude that the Indus script is a member of what I call the Cave Script family of languages.

The Indus script is logographic. Each symbol is a small meaningful unit of language that may be read in different ways, depending on the context.

The script was designed to be independent of the spoken language.

In this section, I will demonstrate how reference to a mixture of archaic Chinese, Classical Yi and pattern analysis might finally enable us to decipher the Indus inscriptions.

The first example concerns books or registers.