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The Danube Script and Other Ancient Writing Systems : A Typology of Distinctive Features

  title={The Danube Script and Other Ancient Writing Systems : A Typology of Distinctive Features},
  author={H. Haarmann},
ness and stylization of sign forms In any of the ancient writing systems, a tendency toward the stylization of sign forms can be observed. This tendency toward stylization may be explained by a need to make the effort invested in writing economical. When a scribe has to use a great number of signs, any lack of stylization of depicted objects would make writing a cumbersome activity. Seemingly, abstractness and stylization were ingredients in the formative processes of ancient scripts. The… Expand
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Continuity and change in pottery manufacture between the early and middle Neolithic of Romania
  • M. Spataro
  • Geography
  • Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences
  • 2013
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