The First Writing
Script Invention as History and Process
Edited by Stephen D. Houston
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First Writing by Stephen D. Houston
Book DescriptionAncient writing gives us our first glimpse of history, people and institutions, and yet its origins remain mysterious. This book offers a treatment and examination of the origins of ancient writing. It studies often neglected writing systems, such as those of Mesoamerica. The leading scholars in the field collectively discuss new topics and highlight new subtlties about how these scripts came into existence and development during the first centuries of use. Egypt, Mesopotamia, Elamite, Mesoamerica and the Maya, Shang, and Runic are all represented.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521728263
(253mm x 177mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stephen D. Houston
Past Presented, Hardback (December 2012)
Archaeological illustrations are often treated as neutral representations. This volume considers them instead as products of time and place that actively shape the construction of knowledge. Taking the visual presentation of the Pre-Columbian past from the fifteenth century to today, these essays explore the culture of archaeological illustration.
Fiery Pool, Hardback (February 2010)
Drawing on archaeological discoveries and developments in deciphering Maya glyphs, this title presents a revisionist reading that shifts the emphasis of interpretation to the mythic power of the sea as the basis of a larger, deeper cultural narrative and history for the Maya. It provides an interdisciplinary context for understanding Maya art.
Classic Maya, Paperback (September 2009)
This book is the first in-depth synthesis of the Classic Maya.
First Writing, Hardback (December 2004)» View all books by Stephen D. Houston
In this book, leading scholars in the field discuss and analyse the origins of ancient writing.
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Author Biography - Stephen D. Houston
Stephen Houston is Professor of Anthropology at Brown University, Rhode Island. A scholar of the ancient Maya in Mexico and Central America, he is the author of many books on the Maya, most recently The Memory of Bones: Body, Being and Experience among the Classic Maya (with David Stuart and Taube, 2010).
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