Evidence for Indus script in Southeast Asia?

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Fragmentary inscriptions found on pottery sherds recovered from Phu Khao Thong in Thailand have been likened to the Indus Script from India, a Bronze Age writing system used up until 1,900 BCE. However, Alison points out the evidence is quite tenuous since the Indus writing and the site from which the pottery sherd is found in is almost 2,000 years apart, and the difficulty of assigning the symbols to a specific system based on only two examples.

Indus-like inscription on South Indian pottery from Thailand
The Hindu, 08 April 2010
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Tamil-Brahmi inscription on pottery found in Thailand

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16 July 2006 (The Hindu) – Inscriptions on a 2nd-century pottery find in Thailand indicate origins in Tamil Nadu in India, indicating a new extent of Tamil influence in the ancient world.

The Hindu, 16 July 2006

Tamil-Brahmi inscription on pottery found in Thailand

A unique Tamil-Brahmi Inscription on pottery of the second century AD has recently been excavated in Thailand.

A Thai-French team of archaeologists, led by Dr. Bérénice Bellina of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France, and Praon Silpanth, Lecturer, Silpakorn University, Thailand, has discovered a sherd of inscribed pottery during their current excavations at Phu Khao Thong in Thailand.

At the request of the archaeologists, Iravatham Mahadevan, an expert in Tamil Epigraphy, has examined the inscription. He has confirmed that the pottery inscription is in Tamil and written in Tamil-Brahmi characters of about the second century AD. Only three letters have survived on the pottery fragment. They read tu Ra o… , possibly part of the Tamil word turavon meaning `monk.’


Related Books:
Temple Art Icons and Culture of India and South East Asia by K. V. Raman
Art of India and Southeast Asia
Temple Consecration Rituals in Ancient India: Text and Archaeology (Brill’s Indological Library) by A. A. Slaczka