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Clues to Lost Prehistoric Code Discovered in Mesopotamia
Live Science ^ | October 10, 2013 07:44am ET | Owen Jarus

Posted on 10/10/2013 8:13:46 AM PDT by robowombat

Clues to Lost Prehistoric Code Discovered in Mesopotamia

By Owen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor | October 10, 2013 07:44am ET

Researchers studying clay balls from Mesopotamia have discovered clues to a lost code that was used for record-keeping about 200 years before writing was invented.

The clay balls may represent the world's "very first data storage system," at least the first that scientists know of, said Christopher Woods, a professor at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute, in a lecture at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum, where he presented initial findings.

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: accountingsystem; epigraphyandlanguage; godsgravesglyphs; mesopotamia

1 posted on 10/10/2013 8:13:46 AM PDT by robowombat
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To: robowombat

“a lost code that was used for record-keeping about 200 years before writing was invented. “

Something does not sound right here.


2 posted on 10/10/2013 8:15:18 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: robowombat

So they found an early bocce set and are all excited at the brilliance of the ball makers.


3 posted on 10/10/2013 8:15:41 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: DonaldC

sounds like the balls on the rope thing...


4 posted on 10/10/2013 8:16:36 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: robowombat

Has the NSA presented them with a demand letter yet?


5 posted on 10/10/2013 8:19:11 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sacajaweau
The clay balls may represent the world's "very first data storage system"

Gotta give it to those researchers. They know how to sensationalize their findings to keep the grant money flowing in. That's a real art. ;)

6 posted on 10/10/2013 8:21:04 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: DonaldC

First thing come to mind “Bible”
on the seventh day....


7 posted on 10/10/2013 8:22:18 AM PDT by Baseballguy (If we knew what we know now in Oct would we do anything different?)
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To: DonaldC; SunkenCiv

I don’t know why this is news. We have known for years that the Sumerians used clay balls containing tokens to keep track of business records, before they figured out it was easier to draw pictures of the tokens on a piece of clay; that is how writing was invented.


8 posted on 10/10/2013 8:23:31 AM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: Starboard
What I love is their buddies coming in with a conflicting theory...and they both get money....and a chance to publish. It's all about publishing.

Look at how many "experts" have looked at the shroud of Turin...and still no one is sure....and it's an absolute certainty that no one can EVER prove it was Jesus'. That's a real money maker.

9 posted on 10/10/2013 8:27:51 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: robowombat
It seems to say... Maaa - made... In, IN! Made... In... Ch... ch... China!
10 posted on 10/10/2013 8:30:53 AM PDT by golux
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To: DonaldC

Clay Balls? Maybe an early version of Enigma. That used discs instead of balls, so maybe these were from a primitive IBM Selectric.

Dan Rather is about that OLD I think!


11 posted on 10/10/2013 8:31:39 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: DonaldC

Yes. I know what you mean. My question is: What did they do during the 200 years between the use of the balls and when writing began???


12 posted on 10/10/2013 8:33:26 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: robowombat
Lost Prehistoric Code Discovered
All they had to do is look at any of the ØbamaKare websites, right click and "view page source."
13 posted on 10/10/2013 8:41:58 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Cowboy Bob

invented the wheel?


14 posted on 10/10/2013 8:44:55 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: robowombat

“paging Robert Langdon...”


15 posted on 10/10/2013 8:45:50 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Sacajaweau

Its always about the money. Especially when they say it isn’t.


16 posted on 10/10/2013 8:56:22 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Starboard
Its always about the money.

I read a lot of achaeology news and such and it never ceases to amaze me how "they just need more money or...all is lost", "eventhough there is no money to be had, without more, this critical dig will shutdown.

OK guys, I understand your concern & passion, why not dig/work the site FOR FREE?

They could shell out the cash or use credit to buy the tools and pay for tests, maybe get their buddies at the lab that are also in the "without more funding..." drama to conduct tests for free.

Nope, sorry, must take food from my family's mouths to fund their passions...

17 posted on 10/10/2013 9:11:40 AM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: robowombat

Humans are pretty smart, and have been for a long time. Still no sign that any animal has the mental capacity to engage in abstract or symbolic thinking.


18 posted on 10/10/2013 9:12:17 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: robowombat

>> Prehistoric Code

CP/M?


19 posted on 10/10/2013 9:24:56 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: NativeSon

must take food from my family’s mouths to fund their passions...
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You summed it up pretty well. I can think of similar examples like environmental projects that never end and which always ask for more donations. Funny how their facilities, staffs and parking lots grow ever bigger over time.

Also, makes you wonder what good their efforts are doing when, after decades of spending money, they are still using alarmist tactics to try to squeeze money out of the public to fund their “clean up” efforts. Why is it that things are worse after years of “working” on the problem?


20 posted on 10/10/2013 9:25:31 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Nervous Tick

Here I was going to get on here and write Fortran and you one upped me.


21 posted on 10/10/2013 9:32:28 AM PDT by crusadersoldier
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To: robowombat
The clay balls may represent the world's "very first data storage system," ...

Only to be resurrected in the form of the 0bamacare website.

22 posted on 10/10/2013 9:36:21 AM PDT by Godzilla (3/7/77)
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To: robowombat

They had a lot of glitches when they were first introduced.


23 posted on 10/10/2013 10:05:35 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: DonaldC

wouldn’t this code technically be writing?


24 posted on 10/10/2013 10:07:15 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: crusadersoldier

Fortran works here, as well — it’s just a different prehistoric code epoch. :-)


25 posted on 10/10/2013 10:24:34 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Berosus; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

Thanks Berosus. One of the old buds on The Globe forum went into some detail about the accounting system change in Sumeria that led to full-blown writing for recordkeeping. :')

26 posted on 10/10/2013 8:45:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: robowombat

Initial interpretations indicate that the people of that time feared man-made global warming due to growing use of cook fires and estimated that that world would end within two decades.


27 posted on 10/11/2013 6:55:41 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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