BY N. M. BILLIMORIA
Read before the Sind Historical Society, on August lst, 1937, and extracted, with acknowledgements, front their Journal for January, 1938, vol. 3, part 2.
THERE is no doubt that the script on seals at Mohenjo Daro and Harappa and the tablets found at Easter island are similar. An authority on archaeology says it is fortuitous. But Prof. M. G. Hevesy in a paper "Sur une Ecriture Oceanienne paraissant d'origine Neolethique" read before the Societe Prehistorique Francaise, has shown that 130 signs are similar__he has put several signs side by side to support his statement__that cannot have happened by chance.
No two learned persons have agreed as to the use of the seals__much less has the script been read. Some assign the seals as mercantile marks__some say they are letters, bills of lading, I.O.Us.; Prof. Hevesy says as the seals were found in houses they were offerings to the deity, and the script, the name of the person making the gift to his animal deity.
The seals have been studied by several savants like Prof. Langdon and Dr. Hunter of the Oxford University without success. They have agreed that it can be read from right to left, in many cases it was "boustrophedon"__manner of writing alternatively from right to left, and from the left to the right__or as the French Dictionary gives, "maniere d'ecrire alternativement de droite a gauche, et de gauche a droite sans discontinuer la ligne."
I have prepared a thesis on "the Panis of the Rig Veda and the script of Mohenjo Daro and the Easter island" which may or may not be published__however, I give a precis of it.