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By Denise Schmandt-Besserat

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

How Writing took place draws fabric from either volumes to give Schmandt-Besserat's concept for a large public and lecture 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 instant precursor of the cuneiform script.

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