Birch bark letter no. 292

Birch Bark Letter No. 292

Birch bark letter no. 292

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The Birch bark letter given the document number 292 is the oldest known document in any Finnic language. The document is dated to the beginning of the 13th century. It was found in 1957 by a Soviet expedition, led by Artemiy Artsikhovskiy in the Nerev excavation on the left coast side of Novgorod.

The language used in the document is thought to be an archaic form of the language spoken in Olonets Karelia, a dialect of the Karelian language.


The text is written in the Cyrillic alphabet in the Karelian dialect of the archaic Finnish or Finnic language. A transcription of the Cyrillic text is as follows:



by Yuri Yeliseyev

The text, as transliterated to the Latin alphabet by Yuri Yeliseyev in 1959 and interpreted in modern Finnish:<pre>jumolanuoli ï nimizinouli se han oli omo...
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