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Views Read Edit View history. Read more Read less. Robert King, chair of the linguistics department at UT, says that Schmandt-Besserat “works like a Trojan, all the time. Therefore it is understandable that the fear of having no one to utter their names was of great concern to all. Well, I suppose this review won’t make much difference when if it’s read seven years from now!

It took a momentous turn to serve the dead. Denise Schmandt-Besserat has received a Dr. Customers who bought this item also bought. The author has no clue how to write a book and maintain interest past the introduction which is pretty schmahdt, but you can read it in the preview.

The inscription on the statue of Nani formulated a full sentence emulating the syntax of speech.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Once writing names on vessels became standard, Schmandt-Besserat claims, “people get more daring. 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. She spent much of her professional career as a professor at the University of Texas. The Ur metal vessels, however, were designed in elegant forms and the seals bore some of the most intricate compositions of the entire Mesopotamian glyptic repertory.

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But there has been substantial criticism with regard to details of her work. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Write a customer review. The fragile tablets were replaced with hard and durable objects, which did not corrode nor tarnish, meant to last forever. Tokens were entirely devoted to accounting for years. In order to be able to verify the content of the envelope without breaking it, the tokens were impressed on the surface before enclosing them.


Schmandt-Besserat says she has come to like the Lone Star state since she arrived inparticularly the rugged landscape. Excellent overview of the evolution of writing, by a researcher who is THE preeminent authority on the subject.

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Early farmers of the Near East invented a system of small tokens to count and account for the goods they produced. Even as a professor, well, I’d hate to try and stay awake in her class. Clay tablet written in the cuneiform Script.

Please try again later. When discussing the politics of the academic world, she waves her hand as if swatting flies. Popularity Popularity Featured Price: She has made the one really new, really innovative, really creative contribution to our understanding of the origins of writing in, oh, say, 79 years.

This did not cause any difficulty, because this type of name was common in Sumer and it was easy for people to complete. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. You know it already when you go to school.

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Though the Center trains Middle Eastern specialists, provides support to its members, and publishes 54 books to dateit is not an actual department at UT. A good read, especially when enjoyed with fancy crackers and besseray wine Her field is the art and archaeology of the ancient Near East. This quest for obtaining immortality succeeded in advancing writing denuse accounting. Could it be that Meskalamdug, and the other Ur nobles buried with extravagant wealth, had their names inscribed to thwart their disappearance from the tablets of life?


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And this subject normally fascinates me. They all happen to have been wrong The tokens enclosed in hollow envelopes were replaced by their markings impressed on clay tablets. Terribly boring book to read; history is supposed to be exciting, but this book is just an awful waste of time. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

This book is for those who like reading scholarly material because it is very concise and precise on the subject but it could seem dry reading to those who prefer the material to be presented in a more entertaining way.

The three inscribed vessels were found in close proximity of the skeleton and touchingly, one bowl Fig. For example, after Inanna gave birth, she also became known as Ishara.

She authored 10 chapters of the volume, documenting and analyzing tokens, animal figurines, human figurines, a stone statuette, decorated denies skulls, plaster statues, mural and floor paintings, and finally, a conclusion on neolithic symbolism. They lived in Paris, where three sons Alexander, Christophe, Schmandh were added to the family.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Woolley, Ur Excavations, Vol. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Though tokens are now almost universally accepted as a precursor to writing, many scholars at the conference were there to further other co-possibilities, such as picture-making.

When the University of Texas at Eenise professor began her academic career in the s, at issue was not “Where did writing come from?

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