The Script of the Indus valley civilization is ?

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Daily Online General Knowledge Quiz:Previous year paper gk questions with answers in English.4. The script of the Indus valley civilization is ?A. Undecipher

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4. The script of the Indus valley civilization is ?
A.      Undeciphered
B.      Kharoshti
C.      Tamil


Note: The Harappan script is yet to be deciphered, as it is pictographic in nature. Overlapping of letters show that it was written from right to left in the first line and then left to right in the second line.The style is called boustrophedon.

Brahmi and Kharoshti scripts were deciphered by James Princep(1799-1840).

🔑Key Points

The Indus script (also known as the Harappan script) is a corpus of symbols produced by the Indus Valley Civilization.

Most inscriptions containing these symbols are extremely short, making it difficult to decide whether or not these symbols constituted a script used to record a language, or even symbolise a writing system.

There is no known bilingual inscription to help decipher the script, and the script shows no significant changes over time. However, some of them varies depending upon location.

About 90% of the Indus script seals and inscribed objects discovered so far were found at sites in Pakistan along the Indus river. According to some historians the Indus script was probably written from right to left.. The characters are largely pictorial, but include many abstract signs.

The inscriptions are thought to have been written mostly from right-to-left .But they sometimes follow a boustrophedonic style. The number of principal signs is about 400. Since that is considered too large a number for each character to be a phonogram, the script is generally believed to instead be logo-syllabic.

Most of these signs are used on seals, which create a mirror image impression on the clay or ceramic on which the seal is affixed.


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