The evidence for early writing: utilitarian or ceremonial

Postgate, N, Wang, T and Wilkinson, Toby (1995) The evidence for early writing: utilitarian or ceremonial. Antiquity, 69 (26 . pp. 459-480. ISSN 0003-598X

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A comparison of the evidence for the earliest scripts in different parts of the world
suggests that an apparent preponderance of ceremonial; and symbolic usage should not
be interpreted too literally. It seems to have more to do with archaeological preservation
- the better survival in archaeological contexts of the durable materials preferred as
vehicles for ceremonial texts - than with any deep-seated differences in the function of
the scripts. I t may well be that the earliest Chinese, Egyptian or Mesoamerican texts were
largely as utilitarian in their application as those of Mesopotamia.

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