9.                                                    THE INSCRIPTIONS


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According to a widespread opinion, the people of Lake Town, their contemporaries and their descendants, who somewhere about two thousand years B.C. were to form the Thracian ethnos, did not have a writing system of their own. In my view, it would be more correct to say that: 

 no written monuments are known to date that could be identified as belonging to the Thracians, the Thracian tribes or their state-like formations.

It would be difficult to imagine that such a numerous people who possessed an extraordinary culture, who played (as evidenced by Homer) so important a role in the development of the ancient world and whose monuments to be found in the present-day Bulgarian lands are tens of thousands, did not use any kind of script.
Would no Thracian chief or just distinguished Thracian in the course of long centuries, with the invariable proximity of literate peoples as their neighbours, with the continuous mutual dealings requiring at least some give-and-take records, use the signs known to them in order to write down: I came to the throne, I conquered, I built... 
That sounds quite strange.
I would like to draw your attention to a fragment of a statuette and ask a question: what are these scratches?

Todor Dimov: "female clay statuette with a copper bracelet on one arm, from tomb No 453 of the Durankulak necropolis - Stone-Copper Age (5th millennium B.C.) - culture Varna I.

These "scratches" are reminiscent of the much more recent tablets from Gradeshnitsa.

Postscript: Late in May 2001, not long before this account/ of Lake Town was posted, there were announcements in the Bulgarian press reporting about a Thracian writing system.   

Last update made on 31-10-2007

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