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…
(read more: Live Science)
photo by Anna Ressman/Oriental Institute, Univ. of Chicago

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…

(read more: Live Science)

photo by Anna Ressman/Oriental Institute, Univ. of Chicago

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