Script of Harappa & Mohenjodaro
& Its Connection with Other Scripts

By G.R. Hunter
December 2003, Reprint of 1934 Edition
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers
ISBN: 81-215-0600-X
259 pages, Illustrated, 6 " x 9 "
$62.50 Hardcover


The material for this work was provided by some 750 inscribed objects unearthed at the sites in Mohenjodaro and Harappa. These objects were mostly seals, a few copper coins were also found, and some slabs of clay impressed. The work was first in the study of these scripts, so was its methodology. The method adopted was to tabulate every occurrence of each sign together with those signs whose morphology suggested the possibility of their being variants. In this way certain sign sequences showed themselves to be of common occurrence. Thus it was possible to recognize variants and also words. The author has also compared these scripts with other scripts, viz. Proto-Elamite and Sumerian scripts, bringing out resemblance between them and suggested that the connection could be due to community of descent or borrowing, which was still to be determined then.

Archaeology

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