Clues to Lost Prehistoric Code Discovered in Mesopotamia
by Owen Jarus
Clay balls from Mesopotamia have revealed clues to a lost code that was used for record-keeping about 200 years before writing was invented. Archaeologists are using CT scanning and 3D modelling to crack a lost prehistoric code hidden inside clay balls, dating to some 5,500 years ago.
The balls, often called “envelopes” by researchers, were sealed and contain tokens in a variety of geometric shapes — the balls varying from golf ball-size to baseball-size. Only about 150 intact examples survive worldwide today…