"Spading Up Ancient words"
 
ILLUSTRATIONS #3

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(21) When the Sahara was teeming with life in historic times, rock paintings show the use of symbols and figures to communicate and to record.
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(22) Examples of Sumerian seals found on the island of Failaka just off the shore of Kuwait in the Arabian Gulf, an ancient descriptive way of communicating about identity and ownership.
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(23) Painted pebbles from the Mas d'Azil cave in France dated conventionally thousands of years before writing is supposed to have begun, and described as "purely accidental coincidences," a marvelous device for solving inconvenient problems.
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(24) Messages or memory cues painted on beans were used centuries ago in Peru. The same concept was expressed on clay tokens and on pebbles in many parts of the world in very ancient times.
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(25) The quipus has been called the most sophisticated memory device ever invented. Each color and each knot could convey a specific message. While the quipus is usually identified with the Inca in Peru, it was in use in other areas of the ancient world as well.
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(26) Scratched or pecked symbols on flat pebbles excavated in New Jersey around 1879, another find difficult to evaluate.
 
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(27) Symbols on a stamp seal found in the ancient Indus valley civilization and dated before 2000 B.C., a language never deciphered to date.
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(28) The undeciphered language of Easter Island which apparently is unrelated to the symbols of any other language in the world despite numerous attempts to discover links.
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(29) An authentic Upper Magdalenian inscription from France reported in 1909 and dated conventionally thousands of years earlier than the supposed beginning of written language.
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(30) A supposed copper coin with symbols found at a depth of 110 feet from a well core in Illinois about 1871 and sent to the Smithsonian Institution for evaluation, but what can one say about such a find?
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(31) Ancient copper mining site in Israel's Negev area. Modern place names of ruins like this one sometimes help modern archaeologists locate important sites, because the name of the site is sometimes handed down almost unchanged for thousands of years.


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