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By Denise Schmandt-Besserat

In 1992, the collage of Texas Press released Before Writing, quantity I: From Counting to Cuneiform and Before Writing, quantity II: A Catalog of close to japanese Tokens. In those volumes, Denise Schmandt-Besserat set forth her groundbreaking concept that the cuneiform script invented within the close to East within the past due fourth millennium B.C.—the world's oldest identified method of writing—derived from an archaic counting device.

How Writing happened draws fabric from either volumes to provide Schmandt-Besserat's thought for a large public and school room viewers. in keeping with the research and interpretation of a range of 8,000 tokens or counters from 116 websites in Iran, Iraq, the Levant, and Turkey, it records the rapid precursor of the cuneiform script.

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