This is a system, which effectively, is an alternative to writing itself. The ideographic and mnemonic symbols convey different pieces of information without using the linguistic aspects that we use today. Proto-writing is the prime example of my choice of the Madrid Codex, using images and symbols to put across meanings and stories.

Examples of Proto-writing:


Neolithic China – Jiahu symbols


Neolithic Europe – Vinča signs


Indian Bronze Age – Indus script

 Further Notes on 'Nsibidi Signs with Their Meanings from the Iko

African Iron Age – Nsibidi


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