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How Writing Came About, Schmandt-Besserat, Denise
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Author Name:    Schmandt-Besserat, Denise

Title:   How Writing Came About

Binding:   PAPERBACK

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    University of Texas Press 

ISBN Number:   0292777043 / 9780292777040

Seller ID:   ING9780292777040

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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 an archaic 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.



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