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How Writing Came About

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Publisher Comments:

Discoveries in the history of writing are rare, but Denise Schmandt-Besserat made one in realizing that phonetic writing in the West descends not from pictography, a view repeated everywhere, but from abstract, nonphonetic, mostly noniconographic accounting tokens used in Neolithic farming communities of the Near East beginning from about 8000 B.C. A condensation of volume I of Before Writing ...this book is a perfect production, utterly lucid, thoughtfully illustrated, and thoroughly convincing. — American Journal of Archaeology

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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Draws on the author's earlier works, Before Writing, Volume I: From Counting to Cuneiform and Before Writing, Volume II: A Catalog of Near Eastern Tokens to present her theory that the world's oldest system of writing derived from a counting device. Analyzes and interprets evidence of tokens and counters from the Near and Middle East, examining uses of the tokens, the evolution of symbols, and counting and the emergence of writing. Includes drawings of the tokens, and a glossary. For students.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

A groundbreaking theory on the origins of writing, now presented for a general audience.

Synopsis:

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780292777040
Author:
Schmandt-Besserat, Denise
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Author:
Schmandt-Besserat, Denise
Location:
Austin :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
History
Subject:
Writing
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Sculpture
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Tokens
Subject:
Middle East Antiquities.
Subject:
Sculpture & Installation
Subject:
Writing -- History.
Subject:
Art - Sculpture
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st abridged ed.
Edition Description:
Abridged
Series Volume:
v. 8
Publication Date:
19970131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
207
Dimensions:
9.95x7.01x.46 in. 1.20 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , A groundbreaking theory on the origins of writing, now presented for a general audience.
"Synopsis" by , 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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