The Earliest Precursor of Writing

  title={The Earliest Precursor of Writing},
  author={Denise Schmandt-Besserat},
  journal={Communication in History},
I t is the nature of archaeological research to deal with data and their interpretation. . I use the facts as well as the hypotheses I have presented on the token system to reflect more broadly on the significance of tokens with respect to communication, social structures, and cognitive skills. [This reading] deals with the place of tokens among other prehistoric symbolic systems. After presenting relevant aspects of symbolism from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic period, I will analyze what… 

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