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Schmandt-Besserat, Denise
How writing came about / Denise Schmandt-Besserat
1st abridged ed
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2006, c1996
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  CJ4867 .S364 1996    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Tokens -- Middle East
Writing -- History
Subject Middle East -- Antiquities
Physical Description xii, 193 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Note "Abridged edition of Before writing, volume I: From counting to cuneiform"--T.p. verso
"Second paperback printing, abridged ed., 2006"--t.p. verso
Includes bibliographical references (p. [159]-182) and index
Summary In 1992, the University of Texas Press published Before Writing, Volume I: From Counting to Cuneiform and Before Writing, Volume II: A Catalog of Near Eastern Tokens. In these two volumes, Denise Schmandt-Besserat set forth her groundbreaking theory that the cuneiform script invented in the Near East in the late fourth millennium B.C. - the world's oldest known system of writing - derived from anarchaic counting device. How Writing Came About draws material from both volumes to present Schmandt-Besserat's theory for a wide public and classroom audience. Based on the analysis and interpretation of a selection of 8,000 tokens or counters from 116 sites in Iran, Iraq, the Levant, and Turkey, it documents the immediate precursor of the cuneiform script
Alternate Author Schmandt-Besserat, Denise. Before writing

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