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Prehistoric clay tablets from Celtic site found in Austria

Clay tablets dating back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC were unearthed recently in the Ramsau Valley, near Hallein, Austria. Researchers discovered them on the site of a prehistoric Celtic settlement on the Durrnberg Hill in Salzburg province. They were most likely used by merchants.

The tablets ''doubtless represent the so far oldest inscription samples discovered in the region north of the Alps,'' says Friedrich Moosleitner, curator of the Protohistory and Prehistory Department of the Salzburg Carolino Augusteum Museum.

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