The First Writing: Script Invention as History and Process (Hardback)
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Short Description for The First Writing In this 2004 book, leading scholars in the field discuss and analyse the origins of ancient writing.
- Published: 13 December 2004
- Format: Hardback 436 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521838610 ISBN 10: 0521838614
Full description for The First Writing
Ancient writing gives us our first glimpse of history, people and institutions, and yet its origins remain mysterious. This 2004 book offers a treatment and examination of the origins of ancient writing. It studies often neglected writing systems, such as those of Mesoamerica. The leading scholars in the field collectively discuss new topics and highlight new subtlties about how these scripts came into existence and development during the first centuries of use. Egypt, Mesopotamia, Elamite, Mesoamerica and the Maya, Shang, and Runic are all represented.