Deciphering the Indus Script

By: Asko Parpola

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Of the writing systems of the ancient world which still await deciphering, the Indus script is the most important. It developed in the Indus or Harappan Civilization, which flourished c. 25001900 BC in and around modern Pakistan, collapsing before the earliest historical records of South Asia were composed. Nearly 4,000 samples of the writing survive, mainly on stamp seals and amulets, but no translations. Professor Parpola is the chief editor of the Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions. His ideas about the script, the linguistic affinity of the Harappan language, and the nature of the Indus religion are informed by a remarkable command of Aryan, Dravidian, and Mesopotamian sources, archaeological materials, and linguistic methodology. He outlines what is known about the Harappan culture and its script, presents a decipherment of a small number of interlocking Indus signs, and proposes a method which will permit further progress in decipherment. His fascinating study confirms that the Indus script was logo-syllabic, and that the Indus language belonged to the Dravidian family. He also argues that Indian astronomy was started by the Harappans, and that the Indus religion was genetically related to those of the ancient Near East and Hindu India. Printed Pages: 396 pages with 135 line diagrams, 141 half-tones, 8 tables and 32 maps.

Title: Deciphering the Indus Script

Author Name: Asko Parpola

Categories: India, Archaeology, South Asia, Indus Valley Civilization,

Edition: Reissue

Publisher: Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press:

ISBN: 0521795664

ISBN 13: 9780521795661

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Size: 22 x 28 Cm

Seller ID: 033672

Keywords: Indian Archaeology Indus Script Mohenjodaro Harappa