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She showed that, before writing, art of the ancient Near East mostly consisted of repetitive motifs. Learn more about Amazon Prime. I wholeheartedly agree with the author’s thesis that counting preceded writing. Besseraf the Ur texts featuring names find an explanation in the Mesopotamian fear of oblivion?

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By comparison, the Ur texts were engraved on gold and lapis lazuli, the most prized metal and stone in Sumer. You can have your Back To Nature fantasies–I’ll take the hot shower and electric coffee maker, thank you very much. By Internet standards, the first and only, until mine review of this book is of a seemingly archaeological date, seven years ago, that is.

Many UT students, even in art history, her primary affiliation, have never heard of her, despite the fact that she is practically a household name in the international academic community. Views Read Edit View history.

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Around BC, as a mere bureaucratic formality, personal names began to bbesserat entered on economic tablets. Available for download now. High to Low Avg. Disk tokens from Uruk, ca.

When a name required several syllables, the corresponding phonograms were assembled like a rebus. Her field is the art and archaeology of the ancient Near East. Over time, the phonetic name inscriptions evolved into phonetic sentences appealing to the gods for eternal life.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. What she found was that the tokens comprised an elaborate system of accounting that was used throughout the Middle East from approximately to B.


Even traveling alone throughout the Middle East in the s, she felt nothing but immense pleasure. They all happen to have been wrong When Writing Met Art: The author has no clue how to write a book and maintain interest past the introduction which is pretty good, but you can read it in the preview.

For 30 years, article by article, Schmandt-Besserat has built an ironclad case to explain a mystery that foiled archeologists, anthropologists, and philosophers for hundreds of years. Ships from and sold by Amazon. The Max at Cheer Up Charlies. The dozen artifacts, ranking among the art masterpieces of all times, were excavated in some of the wealthiest burials excavated in the Royal Cemetery.

For example, after Inanna denlse birth, she also became known as Ishara. Archaeology Wings books series. In fact, it was my hunch–from my own reading and thinking–that this was so that prompted me to search for a book with this theory. The single concept and revelation that in no way is the faculty of counting beyond three inate to brain function and hence, inate to our modern minds, is simply stunning to me, and adds a dose of gratitude to my daily life, a realization that makes it easier to laugh off the troubles schmsndt modern life.

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However, both the last tokens enclosed in envelopes and the first signs impressed on tablets kept the same function — accounting. She studies how processing an increasing volume of data over thousands of years brought people to schmahdt in greater abstraction. The fragile tablets were replaced with hard and durable objects, which did not corrode nor tarnish, meant to last forever. The ritual of invoking the name of ancestors Akkadian: They were wrought by talented craftsmen in the difficult crafts of metalwork and seal carving.

At Ur, writing finally broke away from a year old tradition of administrative records. There can be no doubt that the simple clay tokens served well the Neolithic and Early Bronze communities since they were used consistently for years from Syria to Afghanistan and from Anatolia to Palestine. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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A cone left a wedge—shaped mark and a disc a circular one. These impassioned supplications were the final stage of transition from the clay tokens of old into the first writing. Script Invention as History and Process.

After using this system for some time, a new one emerged: Nevertheless, her determination to convince the academic world of the validity of her ideas has not been easy. From the very first, Schmandt-Besserat says she has always felt completely comfortable and happy sfhmandt.

Hale expresses relief that she has stayed a decision he attributes to the high caliber of her colleagues and to Austin, a nice place to workbut acknowledges that Schmandt-Besserat certainly should, along with several other people in the department, be holding an endowed chair.

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For example, some stated the name of the god, or the temple, to whom the piece was dedicated. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. Her publications on these subjects include: Schmanndt spent much of her professional career debise a professor at the University of Texas. Pages with related products.

Her book, How Writing Came Aboutwas listed by American Scientist as one of the books that shaped science in the 20th century. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.