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Re: VMs: O.T.: The Indus Script--Write or Wrong? (Science)
17/12/2004 6:48:26 PM, Koontz John E <John.Koontz@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>On Thu, 16 Dec 2004 Wdimitr@xxxxxxx wrote:
>> Oddly, the inscriptions are almost all found in trash dumps rather than
>> in graves or in primary contexts such as the floor of a home. "They were
>> thrown away like expired credit cards," says Meadow.
>That's not so odd. Think of the number of labelled broken things we throw
The Phaistos Disk was found in a trash dump too.
Next time you open a bottle of wine, pay attention. What
do you do with the cork? Pay attention again. Is there
anything written on the cork?
That is why I believe that the Phaistos Disk is a bill
of lading (and why I believe that the VMs is not).
And then, as I am getting rather sick of repeating, take
Balinese. It was written on palm leaves and on stone.
The stone inscriptions were sparse and very very short,
a single name, mostly. Literary texts were written on
palm leaves. They rot, they get eaten by bugs, they
disappear. So what is left 2000 years later?
Oh, sure, I can think of an objection or two, three even.
Can you think of them? (I've got the answers ready).
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