Tartaria Tablets Recreation (resin cast, round one is about 2 3/8 inches round, long one is about 2 1/4 inches long, the short one is about 2 inches long). These tablets were discovered in 1961 by archaeologist Nicolae Vlassa at a Neolithic site in the village of Tărtăria in Romania. The tablets, dated to around 5300 BC, have incised symbols called the Vinča symbols. The Tartaria Tablets have been the subject of considerable controversy among archaeologists, some of whom claim that the symbols represent the earliest known form of writing in the world. See Wikipedia.