In reading Lostpedia’s article on “The Source”/”Heart of the Island”, I see that it was noticed that a cuneiform script writing is found on the stone cork as well as the surrounding infrastructure. The cuneiform script in question was used by various civilizations throughout time, ranging from about 5000BCE – 1000BCE.
This is a very interesting revelation as it goes to prove what I’ve been thinking and trying to say in different ways over recent weeks in regards to all the loose ends the writers have left us with.
Surely it seemed like a huge plot-hole to place Jacob and MIB’s origins in 43AD when we’ve already seen Egyptian heiroglyphics throughout the series scattered about the Island. I felt somewhat confused or bothered by such a misstep, but I didn’t let it bother me. Learning about the cuneiform writing on the cork gives me renewed faith about the whole thing because it points to the everlasting nature of the Island. There are people there, there were people there, and there have always been people there. As long as man has walked the Earth, he has sought the Island. Jacob wasn’t the first protector. Mother wasn’t either. Hugo wasn’t the last. The story we were shown was about the people on the Island, and in a detailed sense the Island itself, but I think the Island is the constant in this story. The people, everyone of them, are the variables. The Island remains and is constant.
This is why we see skeletons in the Source Chamber as well. It’s not a slap in the face, as other posts on this site claim. It’s a testament to the fact that the Island will not and can not be summed up in a story, at least the story that is being told. The Island has always been there and there have been countless numbers of people finding it and dying on it.