Writing Wasn’t Popular and Ignored for 2 Thousand Years

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smithsonianmag-fig5_tokens_from_zt.jpg__800x600_q85_cropAncient Assyrians still used clay markers, 2K years later
‘These days, not too many people use or even own typewriters. Those clunky machines have almost entirely been replaced by a smoother model: the modern computer. Imagine, however, that thousands of years from now people were still clinging to their typewriters, ignoring all the technological advances that developed along the way. It seems illogical, but this is pretty much what ancient Assyrians did, according to new research.

‘Archaeologists digging in Ziyaret Tepe in Turkey recently uncovered a mess of clay tokens made in various geometric shapes. Prior to the advent of writing around 3,000 BCE, the people living in the region that eventually formed the kingdom of the ancient Assyrians used the tokens as primitive record-keeping tools…’
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