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Miscellaneous Thu Oct 21 2010

Where Did Writing Come From?

Head down to the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute to find out! Their latest exhibit, "Visible Language: Inventions of Writing in the Ancient Middle East and Beyond," has four systems of writing on display -- from Mesopotamia, Egypt, China and Mesoamerica. And these four systems may have evolved into the writing systems we know today. Some of the displayed items include early cuneiform tablets from Mesopotamia, Egyptian tags and labels from the first kings' tombs, Chinese writing on "oracle bones," and Mayan hieroglyphs. While you're there, you can also check out the newest theories on the origins of the alphabet. The exhibit runs until March 6, 2011.

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