“Signs of Life,” in Archaeology Odyssey

Photo scans of the article “Signs of Life,” in Archaeology Odyssey, January/February 2002.Cover of Archaeology Odyssey magazine includes articles on Nawamis of Sanai: Exploring 5,000-Year-Old Desert Tombs

Title page for Signs of Life article, by Denise Schmandt-Besserat. Over thousands of years, the ancient Mesopotamians developed a written script out of an ingenious counting system.

Article continues with a couple images of tokens and envelopes.

Article completes... In the end, it seems proper that the invention of our most powerful form of self-expression was connected to our mortality.

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