Sumerian tablets 3100bc
The Sumerian tablets are widely recognised as the worlds earliest known writing system, dating to approximately 3100bc.
Archaic Sumerian is the earliest stage of inscriptions with linguistic content, beginning with the Jemdet Nasr (Uruk III) period from about the 31st to 30th centuries BC.
Despite the fact that the Sumerian tablets are considered the earliest known writing system, the Dispilio tablet uncontroversially dates back to 5202bc.
The Dispilio tablet is a wooden tablet bearing inscribed markings, unearthed during George Hourmouziadis's excavations of Dispilio in Greece, and carbon 14-dated to 5202 (± 123) BC.1 It was discovered in 1993 in a Neolithic lakeshore settlement that occupied an artificial island2 near the modern village of Dispilio on Lake Kastoria in Kastoria, Western Macedonia, Greece.
Is the Dispilio tablet evidence of a pre-Sumerian and pre-Egyptian writing system?