Archaic Bookkeeping: Early Writing and Techniques of the Economic Administration of the Ancient near East / Edition 2

Archaic Bookkeeping: Early Writing and Techniques of the Economic Administration of the Ancient near East / Edition 2

by Hans J. Nissen, Peter Damerow, Robert K. Englund
     
 


Archaic Bookkeeping brings together the most current scholarship on the earliest true writing system in human history. Invented by the Babylonians at the end of the fourth millennium B.C., this script, called proto-cuneiform,
survives in the form of clay tablets that have until now posed formidable barriers to interpretation. Many tablets,
excavatedSee more details below

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Archaic Bookkeeping brings together the most current scholarship on the earliest true writing system in human history. Invented by the Babylonians at the end of the fourth millennium B.C., this script, called proto-cuneiform,
survives in the form of clay tablets that have until now posed formidable barriers to interpretation. Many tablets,
excavated in fragments from ancient dump sites, lack a clear context. In addition, the purpose of the earliest tablets was not to record language but to monitor the administration of local economies by means of a numerical system.

Using the latest philological research and new methods of computer analysis, the authors have for the first time deciphered much of the numerical information. In reconstructing both the social context and the function of the notation, they consider how the development of our earliest written records affected patterns of thought, the concept of number, and the administration of household economies. Complete with computer-generated graphics keyed to the discussion and reproductions of all documents referred to in the text, Archaic Bookkeeping will interest specialists in Near Eastern civilizations, ancient history,
the history of science and mathematics, and cognitive psychology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226586595
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
02/28/1994
Edition description:
1
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents


Abbreviations
Introduction
1. Environmental Factors
2. The Chronological Framework
3. The Early History of Babylonia
4. Prehistoric Means of Administration
5. The Emergence of Writing
6. Archaic Numerical Sign Systems
7. The Archaic Bookkeeping System
8. The Administrative Activities of Kushim
9. The Development of Bookkeeping in the Third Millennium B.C.
10. Surveying and Administrating Fields
11. Bookkeeping on Labor
12. Bookkeeping on Animal Husbandry
13. The Education and Profession of the Scribe
14. The Titles and Professions List
15. The Development of Cuneiform Script
16. The Development of Arithmetic
17. Computer-Assisted Decipherment and Editing of Archaic Texts
List of Figures
Bibliography
Indexes

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