Indus Age: The Writing System
This is a book about the undeciphered writing system of the Indus Civilization. Their pictographic script was invented by the people of Mohenjo-daro and Harappa, and over a thousand other known settlements, in Pakistan and northwestern India. It was in use for about 600 years, 2500-1900 BC. Many attempts have been made to decipher this writing system. All of them have to be judged to be failures, at least in so far as can be proved by independent tests. This book is not another attempt at decipherment. It is an in-depth survey of the nature of Indus writing and a comprehensive review of the most prominent decipherment efforts. The book ends with a discussion of the progress that has been made at decipherment, with some thoughts on the direction that future research should take.
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AN INTRODUCTION TO THE INDUS CIVILIZATION AND
THE MATURE URBAN HARAPPAN
SEALS AND WRITING IN THE DISCOVERY OF THE INDUS AGE
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alphabet ancient Archaeology Aryans Asko Parpola Brahmi script Chanhu-daro context copper tablets culture deciphered decipherment Delhi Dravidian languages Early Harappan Easter Island Easter Island script excavations Fairservis 1992 Figure Finnish team Franke-Vogt Gadd graffiti Harappan Civilization Harappan script Harappan signs Heras Hevesy Hevesy's historical Hittite Hrozny Indo-European Indus Age Indus Civilization Indus script Indus seals Indus signs Indus Valley Indus writing system inscribed inscriptions John Newberry Journal Kalibangan Kinnier Wilson Koskenniemi Krishna Rao Langdon linguistic Lothal Mackay Mahadevan 1977a Marshall 1931a Mature Harappan Mehrgarh Mesopotamia method Metraux Mitchiner Mohenjo-daro noted number of signs original Pakistan Pande Parpola and Aalto Phase phonetic value pictographic Plate Possehl pottery Priyanka Proto-Elamite Rao's Rapanui rebus Rehman Dheri right to left rongorongo S.R. Rao Sanskrit scholars seal impressions Semitic Sl.No Soviet stamp seals Sumerian symbols Table XI terracotta unicorn variation Vedic Victoria words writing system Zide and Zvelebil