Ben haring, a Dutch scholar specializing in subjects related to Egyptology, has made headlines as deciphered a 3,500-year-old pottery fragment from an Egyptian tomb of more than 20 centuries that contained a kind of alphabet, thus becoming the oldest given that the one that until now held that title dated from the 19th century BC.
Since this fragment was found some 20 years ago, it has been investigated and tried to understand its meaning but without conclusive results until Ben Haring has succeeded, or at least in part.
The Dutch Organization for Scientific Research, funder of the project, has made public the discovery of Haring. In this case they confirmed that the grave was of a senior Egyptian official named Senneferi, who lived during the reign of Pharaoh Tuthmosis III.
The text that Dr. Haring has deciphered is very important to be able to better understand the history of the alphabet and we can say that this fragment is in a language called Halaham, which is completely different from the alphabets that we know in the western world.
Haring confirmed that it is not something extremely difficult but what he does assure is that the spelling of the words is completely unusual. For example, one of them is probably “hy-HNW”, which means something like “rejoice” reading from right to left, accompanied by the figure of a man on the left side.
What is not clear, neither he nor his team of researchers, is the order of the initial consonants of the first four linesSomething that will surely take a long time or perhaps even, in the worst case scenario, they will never discover what its real meaning is.
They are working very hard to learn more about these early stages of the alphabet And you know that alphabets like Halaham were known in Ancient Egypt as well as Arabia and some remote areas of Ethiopia.
Different inscriptions found in the Sinai desert and in the southern part of Egypt, reveal different signs that are believed to be the first known alphabetic characters, with which we could find a much more important find than what could have been believed at first, so this piece has become one of the keys to be able to reconstruct part of the most archaic history of the alphabet.
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