The Tărtăria Tablets

Are the Tărtăria Tablets Actually Written in Hungarian?

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Archaeologists in Bulgaria have found writing that dates back 5000 years. This writing, found inscribed in clay, is called the Tărtăria Tablets by M.R. Reese. Reese makes it clear for Ancient Origins that the Tărtăria Tablets, or Vinča Turdas tablets, were discovered by Nicolae Vlassa.

Finding the Tărtăria Tablets

The Tărtăria tablets were found in what N. Vlassa, the archaeologist who worked on this site in 1961, called a "ritual pit" along with 26 burnt clay idols and two Cycladic alabaster idols, plus the scorched and disjointed bones of a man. He described this site as a magic-religious complex. Although Dr. Vlassa has suggested that this man was probably a sacrifice, the research of Dr. Vamos Toth Bator indicates that the man was more likely a priest who had died in a fire and was then buried with ritual items he valued while alive.

The Hungarian scholar, Dr. Vamos Toth Bator believes that the Tărtăria tablets are written in Magyar. Using Magyar, Vamos Toth Bator believed he could read these mysterious inscriptions.

Monument for the Neolithic Tărtăria tablets discovered in 1961 at Tărtăria, Alba County, Romania.

Monument for the Neolithic Tărtăria tablets discovered in 1961 at Tărtăria, Alba County, Romania. (Țetcu Mircea Rareș/ CC BY SA 3.0 )

Dr. Vamos Toth Bator has opened up the world to new knowledge about the toponyms and cultural traits that connected ancient civilizations around the world. He has been able to use linguistic, anthropological, and historical-toponymic evidence to vividly make us aware of the Tamana culture.

Difficulty Deciphering the Tărtăria Tablets 

There are three Tărtăria tablets and controversy surrounds their content.  Reese wrote that: “Some believe the etchings are a primitive form of writing, while others believe they are pictograms, random scribbles, religious symbols, or symbols of ownership.”

Up until now no one has conclusively deciphered the Tărtăria tablets. However, various researchers have stated that the signs on the tablets have affinities to Proto-Sumerian, pre-Dynastic Egyptian, Libyco-Berber, Proto- Elamite, and Trojan writing. Zanotti has suggested that the dates for the tablets may be between 3300 and 3000 BC, or contemporary with Uruk IV, of the Jemdet Nasr period in Mesopotamia. Many signs engraved on Vinča pots are comparable to pottery marks from Asia Minor ceramic ware, especially pottery from Troy. Hood observed that :

"Many of the vases made by Vinca potters have shapes that are basically akin to Trojan ones. Pots with dark, polished surfaces, often decorated with incisions filled with a white paste, are common both in the first settlement at Troy, and in the earlier phase of the Vinca culture. Vinca ware also show affinity with later pottery at Troy".

A modern drawing of a Vinča vessel

A modern drawing of a Vinča vessel (Nikola Smolenski/ CC BY SA 3.0 ) and a Vinča symbol resembling the Latin letter ‘M’. (Nikola Smolenski/ CC BY SA 3.0 )

Is the Script on the Tărtăria Tablets from the Magyar Language?

Paliga believes that Tartarian writing was the proto-type script for the Cypriot syllabary or Cretan Linear A signs. The finding by Paliga, that the Tărtăria Tablets may relate to the Linear A signs, was very interesting because Crete was settled by the Garamante - who originally lived in Fezzan, Libya.

The Hungarian people speak the Magyar language. Many researchers have assumed that the Magyar people only recently arrived in the Carpathian Basin from Asia, but this is not necessarily true for all the Magyar.

The Carpathian Basin was a center for cattle rearing and copper mining during the middle Neolithic. Dr. Vamos-Toth Bator has found thousands of toponyms that connect the Carpathian basin to other parts of the world.

The Magyar trace their origins back to ancient Nubia. The Arvisurak, an ancient book of the Magyar said that the name Uz was applied to the ancient Magyar, the largest tribe of the Black Huns.

Tibor Barath, in ‘The Early Hungarians’, has given a considerable amount of data which indicates that the Kushites from Nubia played an important role in the formation of the Magyar. As a result, we find that the Magyar/Hungarian language is closely related to Malinke-Bambara and the Dravidian languages which were formerly spoken in Nubia.

Tripolye and Nubian Figurines. (Author provided)

Tripolye and Nubian Figurines. (Author provided)

The Hungarian scholar Janos Makkay has examined incised Tartarian tablets/signs from thirty-seven (37) sites spread throughout Hungary and Romania. The presence of these tablets highlight the highly developed character of the ancient Magyar culture in Europe.

Comments

Sorin Paliga's picture

I am at the same time glad, and also sad, that my old study on the Tărtăria tablets is quoted. These tablets, we know now, are not unique in the southeast European Neolithic, even if they continue to be, perhaps, the most interesting. I am also sad, because the wonderful Neolithic cultures are politically processed with the Hungarian tradition. This is an unacceptable concession made to the abrupt intrusion of politics into the scientific research. The great achievements of mankind cannot be analysed in this brutal way.

But, again, I am glad that these wonderful tablets have come back to the scientific table, just they require a minimal scientific level to talk about. 

Clyde Winters's picture

The Hungarian people speak the Magyar language. Many researchers have assumed that the Magyar people only recently arrived in the Carpathian Basin from Asia. This is not necessarily true for all the Magyar. The Magyar trace their origins back to ancient Nubia. The Arvisurak , an ancient book of the Magyar said that the name Uz was applied to the ancient Magyar, the largest tribe of the Black Huns . Tibor Barath, has given a considerable amount of data which indicates that the Kushites from Nubia, played an important role in the formation of the Magyar. As a result we find that the Magyar/Hungarian language is closely related to African and Dravidian languages. The Proto-Magyar were one of the many ethnic groups which formerly lived in the Fertile African Crescent. They offered prayers to *kan, e.g., Magyar kan, konyorog, Manding kani, and Dravidian ka-n. They also worshipped the god Amon, who they called Anya . The name Maa is found in many Proto-Saharan ethnonyms. For example the Manding called themselves Ma-nde (the children of Ma), the Sumerians called themselves Mah-Gar-ri (exalted God's children), and the Magyar of ancient times referred to themselves as Muh-ger-ri , or Ma-ka-r (exalted children). According to David MacRitchies the most ancient Uralic speakers were called czernii ugris or 'Black Ugris'. The Ugris were also called Hunni. The name Ugrian, is the origin for the word Hungarian. The Hungarians were also called Sabatocospali ,"the Blacks".

The Nubian origin of the Magyar is discussed in these books.

Tibor Barath, The Early Hungarians, Montreal, 1983.

Tibor Barath, Magyar Nepek Ostordenete, Montreal, 1974.

Magyars are from Nubia? I suppose that would explain why they are all black (sarc). And you're saying Hungarians believe this tripe? Name one. Name one Hungarian scientist why says this is true.

This article is nuts. The proto-Sumerian thing has been put to bed for decades, if not longer.

Really you should get you information straight! these tablets are in Romania, the so called Magyar came in the last 1000 years near the area. But then again, Hungarians are searching every possible way to prove that they were here before the Romanians, the Dacian people, and now the say are descendant of Nubia? This is so crazy! Please research a little bit more before you post articles like this!

tartaria tablets find in Romania are old 4700 yers ruin script nothing to do with hungarians wich they arrive 900 years ago in Europe and nothing to do with bulgarians as well this are more old then dacian ( romanian ancestors)live 2200 years ago and more then vinca civilization as well

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