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Unformatted text preview: These 'triangular, in the shape of a pyramid or miniature
obelisk … and are all identical except in position and arrangement' were
concluded to be belonging to no people ‘that can be discovered now or
to have ever existed’. This was in the early 17th century. When the inscriptions were first published in 1657, there was no
'hulchal'. Some thought it is ornamental graphics, some even found to be
even the tracks of birds walking across newly softened clay! I would have
said the same. You can see for yourself when you look at the specimen
given in the presentation. There were also highly intellectual imaginative
suggestions. An Oxford don even suspected these signs as an experiment
by the architect of Persepolis who wished to see how many different
patterns he could create from a single element. He was quite imaginative!
That most of the ancient cultures who ‘invented’ writing have
progressed from picture to pictogram to ideogram, and some, to
phonetics is worth noting. The lack of vowels (or minimal use of vowels)
in the scripts of languages in the Middle-east region – Sumerian,
Egyptian, Hebrew and Arabic –...
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This note was uploaded on 03/08/2013 for the course ANTH 340 taught by Professor Philipcarlsalzman during the Spring '12 term at McGill.
- Spring '12