Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

880 – The Roots of Writing with Denise Schmandt Besserat

The story of how writing developed in Mesopotamia became a little clearer through the research of Denise Schmandt Besserat. As she relates in this program from our Book & The Spade archives, she was researching clay and she kept finding these little tokens all over the place. Eventually she realized that understanding the use of the tokens shed light on the development of writing.

The photo above was taken at a display on writing at the University of Chicago Oriental Institute Museum.

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