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Did individuals of Easter Island individually create composing?

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Wood tablets consisting of a language of glyphs called Rongorongo might be proof that individuals of Rapa Nui, likewise referred to as Easter Island, developed their own writing system without the impact of European language

By Michael Marshall

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A wood tablet from Rapa Nui with Rongorongo glyphs sculpted into it

Silvia Ferrara

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When we consider the creation of composing, we typically consider Eurasia and Africa. It may evoke Mesopotamia in western Asia and the creation of cuneiform, or maybe Egyptian hieroglyphics.

As a guideline, we do not consider separated Pacific islands. Perhaps we should. On Rapa Nui in …

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