Last writing: script obsolescence in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Mesoamerica
Introduction: Setting the questions. By any measure, the creation and development of writing was a cybernetic advance with far-reaching consequences. It allowed writers to communicate with readers who were distant in time and space, extended the storage capacity of human knowledge, including information that ranged from mundane accounting to sacred narrative, bridged visual and auditory worlds by linking icons with meaningful sound, and offered an enduring means of displaying and manipulating...Expand abstract
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Houston, S., Baines, J. & Cooper, J. (2003) Last Writing: Script Obsolescence in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Mesoamerica, Comparative Studies in Society and History, 45 (3), 430-479.
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