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In a valley in northern Italy, Val Camonica, there are very ancient rock drawings, engravings, classified by Unesco (1979), made about 7 or  8,000 years ago.
A proto-Celtic people,  of Camunic Civilization lived there, for millennia, leaving written traces :  Camunic alphabet imprecisely dated.
Camunic alphabet

Camunic alphabet

This Camune alphabet has the curious peculiarity

1. To borrow  A and I vowels , and  D, Z, H and T consonants to Northern Futhark, which will only appear 1200 years later.

Camunic Futhark links

Camunic Futhark links

  • 2. whereas it is much earlier than Greek and Latin, it appears to be identical to Phoenician alphabet,, which appeared at( the same time,  around 1200 BC.

 evolving, then, by simplifying itself, towards  Etruscan alphabet, for E and O vowels

G, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, X consonants, and Kh sound :

Camunic Phoenician links

Camunic Phoenician links

3. Other consonants seem to belong only to Camunic alphabet,

like some unlabeled, as well as B, V, SH and PH sounds, and U vowel,

All this leads us to think that camunic language and writing could be one  of an original Proto-Celtic civilization,

seeming to have very close (commercial or even genetic) links, with Phoenicians,

and also other Nordic peoples, at the origin of  Nordic runes:

Original camunic alphabet

Original camunic alphabet

The Camunic Rose   became  Lombardy's emblem

The Camunic Rose became Lombardy's emblem

All these graphic elements therefore suggest that the Camunic alphabet

1. would be at the origin of  Nordic Futhark,

2. could have appeared at the same time as Phoenician alphabet

3. and that of it, would be derived, by graphic simplificationc, in  Etruscan alphabet.


There is still  many questions :

Is camunic language, one of the last Indo-European languages ​​in its entirety ?

0r, on the contrary, is it an addition of Indo-European languages ​​of different origins mixed in only one place?

What does  futhark do here more than 1 000 years before its appearance?

Is camunic language a proto-Celtic language ?

If we can accept that Camunic alphabet 

is the first Proto-Celtic alphabet,

and that it integrates Phoenician and future Futhark's elements ,

the main question that arises, is its anteriority, and therefore its date of appearance,

and its evolution towards  Etruscan alphabet,

and later  Nordic Futhark.



These hypotheses therefore deserve to be validated by a new dating of Camunic petroglyphs, in this perspective.



Val Camonica

Val Camonica

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