Thursday, April 1, 2010

Cool link about ancient Pictish

According to this MSNBC article, symbols which heretofore have been interpreted simply as rock art, related in some way to heraldry, are likely to be a written form of language used by the Picts of ancient Scotland. I guess it just goes to show that sometimes it's really hard to recognize language when you're looking at it.

This is one of the reasons I speculate that recognizing a real alien language (at least without immediate social context) would be next to impossible.