Sarasvati hieroglyph dictionary (Update 31 March 2008)

A Sarasvati Hieroglyph Dictionary
-- (Vol. 4 of the Quintet: Indus Script encodes mleccha speech) (Updated 31 March 2008)

It was noted earlier that the Dictionary is a work in process. This is the first comprehensive update since 6 March 2008 (Mahas'ivaratri day) when the 5 volumes were published.

Updates include: reading of Svastika glyphs, endless-knot glyphs, headless-body-glyph, Bhirrana and other Sarasvati river basin site epigraphs, tree hieroglyphs, reading of orthographically identified glyptic elements in compositions.

The underlying hypotheses of the analysis of core legacy from the linguistic area of this civilization; and presented herein are two-fold:

--that the Bharatiya languages constitute a linguistic area;
--that the writing system consisted of hieroglyphs, intended to record property transactions of artisans -- smiths in particular. [cf. Seal impression from Ur showing a water-carrier and an enclosure of two brackets: () ]

This crucial evidence of the continuum of Sarasvati culture in India enables linking Sarasvati writing system -- mlecchita vikalpa with Sarasvati lingua franca -- mleccha.

Hundreds of epigraphs (in particular, those with emphatic, unambiguous, orthographically identifiable glyptic elements) are read rebus using mleccha speech related to the repertoire of mine-workers, metal-workers, metals, minerals, alloys, furnaces.

The complete set of volumes can be downloaded from: (Updated 31 March 2008)

This is a tribute to ancient artisans. Two revolutionary civilizational discoveries occurred in the 3rd millennium BCE: one was the technique of alloying metals and the second was the invention of a writing system.

Dr. S. Kalyanaraman
31 March 2008

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