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Reading the Past #0003: Cuneiform
Reading the Past #0003: Cuneiform
by C B F Walker
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Christopher Walker is an Assistant Keeper in the Department of Western Asiatic Antiquities in the British Museum. He has written several works on Babylonian cuneiform inscriptions and Mesopotamian history.... (read more)

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The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code
The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code
by Margalit Fox
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In 1900, while excavating on Crete, the charismatic Victorian archaeologist Arthur Evans unearthed inscribed clay tablets amid the ruins of a lavish Bronze Age palace. Written by palace scribes circa 1450 b.c., the script they displayed — featuring... (read more)

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An Introduction to the Study of the Maya Hieroglyphs
An Introduction to the Study of the Maya Hieroglyphs
by Sylvanus Griswold Morley
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Classic study by truly great figure in hieroglyph research. Still the best introduction for the student. 117 illustrations.... (read more)

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Hieroglyph Detective: How to Decode the Sacred Language of the Ancient Egyptians
Hieroglyph Detective: How to Decode the Sacred Language of the Ancient Egyptians
by Nigel Strudwick
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Egyptian hieroglyphs have long fascinated people the world over, though traditionally only specially trained scholars have been able to unlock their esoteric secrets. In Hieroglyph Detective, renowned Egyptologist Nigel Strudwick offers a historical... (read more)

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The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt (Wonders of the World)
The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt (Wonders of the World)
by John Ray
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Read the Bldg Blog interview with Mary Beard about the Wonders of the World series (Part I and Part II) The Rosetta Stone is one of the world's great wonders, attracting awed pilgrims by the tens of thousands each year. This book tells the Stone's story,... (read more)

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Cracking Codes: The Rosetta Stone and Decipherment
Cracking Codes: The Rosetta Stone and Decipherment
by Richard Parkinson
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Richard Parkinson is Assistant Keeper in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum specializing in hieratic papyri and epigraphy. His publications include Voices from Ancient Egypt: An Anthology of Middle Kingdom Writings (1991... (read more)

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The Man Who Deciphered Linear B: The Story of Michael Ventris
The Man Who Deciphered Linear B: The Story of Michael Ventris
by Andrew Robinson
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More than a century ago, in 1900, one of the great archaeological finds of all time was made in Crete. Arthur Evans discovered what he believed was the palace of King Minos, with its notorious labyrinth, home of the Minotaur. As a result, Evans became... (read more)

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The Linguist and the Emperor: Napoleon and Champollion's Quest to Decipher the Rosetta Stone
The Linguist and the Emperor: Napoleon and Champollion's Quest to Decipher the Rosetta Stone
by Daniel Meyerson
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“[A] page turner . . . entertaining history thats told with gusto and goes down like a pleasant aperitif.” -The Washington Post Book World “COMPELLING . . . A PASSIONATE LINGUISTIC LOVE AFFAIR.” -Time “[Meyerson] has inhaled... (read more)

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The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt (Wonders of the World)
The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt (Wonders of the World)
by John Ray
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Ray balances his acumen with accessibility in presenting the stele's history, which takes several forms. From a historical perspective, the text, a 196 BCE agreement between the Ptolemaic pharaoh and the Egyptian priesthood, opens a window on a culture... (read more)

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Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story
Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story
by Michael Rosen
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How on Earth did we fix upon our twenty-six letters, what do they really mean, and how did we come to write them down in the first place? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the history of the alphabet in twenty-six vivid... (read more)

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The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code
The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code
by Margalit Fox
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The Riddle of the Labyrinth is the true story of the quest to solve one of the most mesmerizing linguistic riddles in history and of the three brilliant, obsessed, and ultimately doomed investigators whose combined work would eventually crack the code... (read more)

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Human Bones in Archaeology (Shire Archaeology)
Human Bones in Archaeology (Shire Archaeology)
by Ann Stirland
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Dr. Ann Stirland, a consultant anthropologist and palaeopathologist, studied in America, at Leicester University, and at University College London. She has worked on many groups of burials, including those from the Tudor warship Mary Rose.... (read more)

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Cuneiform: Ancient Scripts (Ancient Scripts)
Cuneiform: Ancient Scripts (Ancient Scripts)
by Irving Finkel
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Cuneiform script on clay tablets is, as far as we know, the oldest form of writing in the world. The resilience of clay has permitted these records to survive for thousands of years, providing a fascinating glimpse into the political, economic, and... (read more)

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Egyptian Hieroglyphics: How to Read and Write Them
Egyptian Hieroglyphics: How to Read and Write Them
by Stephane Rossini
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Clear, easy-to-follow text tells absolute beginners how to transcribe hieroglyphs by presenting and explaining 134 phonetic elements. Includes section on word analysis, newly enlarged pronunciation guide, and much more.... (read more)

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How Writing Came About, Abridged Edition ((Rev)96 Edition)
How Writing Came About, Abridged Edition ((Rev)96 Edition)
by Denise Schmandt-besserat
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A groundbreaking theory on the origins of writing, now presented for a general audience.... (read more)

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The Rosetta Stone
The Rosetta Stone
by Robert Sole
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Sol (an Egyptian novelist and journalist) and Valbelle (Egyptology, U. of Lille III, France) recount the story of the Rosetta stone for scholars and the general reader. Coverage includes the stone's discovery by one of Napoleon's officers, its theft... (read more)

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Understanding Heiroglyphs: Complete Introductory Guide
Understanding Heiroglyphs: Complete Introductory Guide
by Hilary Wilson
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The story of writing
The story of writing
by Andrew Robinson
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Hieroglyphs Very Short Introduction
Hieroglyphs Very Short Introduction
by Penelope Wilson
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Story of Decipherment : From Egyptian Hieroglyphs To Maya Script (Rev 99 Edition)
Story of Decipherment : From Egyptian Hieroglyphs To Maya Script (Rev 99 Edition)
by Maurice Pope
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