Old European texts in Quaternary Europe

Stuart Harris BS, MS, MBA

This section contains classical Old European texts from the Quaternary arranged by country. From Romania comes a clay vessel and figurine concerned about betrothal, and an amulet that describes the sled they built that day. A Russian petroglyph lauds heroes in a longboat, while a Spanish reindeer bone exults in the efficiency of a new reindeer corral. A series of texts in the chamber mound of New Grange in Ireland reveal a young maiden's tragedy. A two-handled pot from Hungary used sympathetic magic to gestate a male with red-colored water. In Poland, a picture of two deer reports disease among men and freezing conditions. A sword from Sweden states that Big Johan's eldest sister sharpened the blade. A wooden bowl from Finland holds the marriage ribbons of the maiden.

After remaining static for at least 150,000 years, Old European began to change in the Quaternary by adding curved letters that were easy to apply to pottery with a brush (Table 1). Complex rebuses diminished in favor of rapid writing od simple shapes. A turning point came around 7000 BC, when advanced farmers arrived in southwest Finland and introduced Old European to the ruling council at a city called Asgard. Among the council members were Freya, her husband Odin and the giant smith Mimir. Freya conceived of making a new alphabet with the same sounds as Old European but with letters that looked like familiar objects. In a flash they completed the task, then taught the alphabet to lands around the Baltic. Easy to learn and remember, it survived on baked clay tablets on the island of Crete, known as Minoan Linear A.

Others heard how Freya had modified Old European, and they began to do the same. Soon there were half a dozen competing alphabets, all based onOld European, but hardly recognizable. People who did not speak Finnish then invented completely new ways to write that were more compatible with their language, and that it was what we ahve today.