Skip to comments.Clues to Lost Prehistoric Code Discovered in Mesopotamia
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.
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“a lost code that was used for record-keeping about 200 years before writing was invented. “
Something does not sound right here.
So they found an early bocce set and are all excited at the brilliance of the ball makers.
sounds like the balls on the rope thing...
Has the NSA presented them with a demand letter yet?
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. ;)
First thing come to mind “Bible”
on the seventh day....
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.
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.
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!
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???
invented the wheel?
“paging Robert Langdon...”
Its always about the money. Especially when they say it isn’t.
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...
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.
>> Prehistoric Code
must take food from my family’s mouths to fund their passions...
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?
Here I was going to get on here and write Fortran and you one upped me.
Only to be resurrected in the form of the 0bamacare website.
They had a lot of glitches when they were first introduced.
wouldn’t this code technically be writing?
Fortran works here, as well — it’s just a different prehistoric code epoch. :-)
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.
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