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    Is it true that ancient Tamil Brahmi script has been found in Egypt and Oman?

    I have recently read that a broken jar with inscriptions in Tamil Brahmi script has been excavated at Quseir-al-Qadim, an ancient port on the Red Sea coast of Egypt. This Tamil Brahmi script has been dated to first century BC. The same inscription has been inscribed twice on both sides of the jar. The inscription states (in Tamil) that the pot is suspended in a rope net. A pottery specialist workign with the British Museum has identified the fragmentary vessel as a storage jar made in India.

    It has been also stated that a Tamil-Brahmi script inscribed on a pot has also been found in Oman. The script reads "nantai kiran" (what does it mean?) and it can be dated to first century AD, that is, 1900 years before.

    I would like to know whether the information is correct, or not. If it is correct, then does it imply that there was maritime trade between Tamil kingdom and Egypt and present day Oman during ancient period?

    Tamil Members or other Members interested in ancient History may kindly give their valuable opinion on the issue.
  • #597630
    Tamil is a very old ancient language of the world. It could be possible that the Tamils had overseas business with Egypt and Oman and other parts of the world. Who knows? We believe in history.
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  • #597633
    What I feel that the name could be Nandakiran which is a name and that could be of a popular personality of those era. In those days there was wider traveling of people and kings across the globe through the sea and this could be one of the reason Tamil Brahmi script presence even in Egypt and Oman. In Mahabharath , the character Khandari and Sakuni belongs to Khandar in Afghanistan now. If that is possible, then this news shared by the author may also be possible. Nevertheless Tamil was the ancient language and most widely spoken across the world and the people were scattered too in those days.
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  • #597671
    Nantai Kiran may also means nan taikiran, meaning I stitch, this slang even now used in Sri Lanka. I have also seen recently a video in youtube in South Africa, the tribals speak Tamil and of course in a different slang and I could see number of comments underneath how the people of Tamil from other parts of country able to understand the words from the video. That was really a nice video I just enjoyed two days before.

    One comment I want to specify here, that one person fromTN when he landed to the place nearer to this tribal land said, 'only now I understood how I understand their language even without the knowledge of that language'

    Nice to be in ISC and feel the difference.

  • #597676
    I think that the pot might have been a souvenir gifted by ancient Tamilians to the Romans of that time. You know, Romans were thriving in 1st century AD. How does that goes to Egypt? Romans ruled over Egypt for a long time.
    Brahmi was widely spoken in those days so no doubt that it made an appearance on the pot. If you assume it to be a souvenir then "Nantai Kiran" could have been the royalty who gifted it.

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