Tuesday, March 15, 2011

An Egyptian Script Not Yet Deciphered!

Wow - I had no idea there was an undeciphered ANYTHING in ancient Egypt - perhaps the most studied culture ever!  From Past Horizons --

Deciphering Pseudo-Script in Ancient Egypt
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | Featured, News
Dr. Ben Haring

Ostracon of limestone with
workers marks - often taken from
hieroglyphics - in columns (late New Empire)
In addition to using Hieratic script, the ancient Egyptian workers also developed their own identity marking system. The Egyptian New Kingdom (ca. 1150-1070 B.C.E.) in particular provides many examples of these marks, but although Hieratic has now been deciphered, the system of marks is still a mystery.

In an effort to understand more about these marks, Egyptologist Dr Ben Haring from the University of Leiden, has been awarded a grant to carry out a more detailed research.

Tomb workers
In his research project, Symbolizing Identity; Identity marks and their relation to writing in New Kingdom Egypt, Dr Haring focuses on the marks of the workers who were occupied in constructing the royal tombs during the New Kingdom. By analysing what is a particularly well-documented system, the ‘marks‘ can be studied in a context of rich archaeological and textual data.

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