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Deciphering the Indus Script by Asko Parpola

By Asko Parpola

Of the writing platforms of the traditional global which nonetheless watch for interpreting, the Indus script is an important. It constructed within the Indus or Harappan Civilization, which flourished c. 2500-1900 BC in and round smooth Pakistan, collapsing ahead of the earliest old documents of South Asia have been composed. approximately 4,000 samples of the writing live to tell the tale, usually on stamp seals and amulets, yet no translations. Professor Parpola is the manager editor of the Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions. His rules in regards to the script, the linguistic affinity of the Harappan language, and the character of the Indus faith are trained by way of a striking command of Aryan, Dravidian, and Mesopotamian resources, archaeological fabrics, and linguistic technique. His interesting research confirms that the Indus script used to be logo-syllabic, and that the Indus language belonged to the Dravidian kinfolk.

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Etta Ware have close parallels both in Seistan (Shahr-i Sokhta I) and in southern Turkmenistan (Geoksyur and Namazga III), where, however, the pottery is handmade. 3000 BC. This trade benefited the intermediaries. Shahr-i Sokhta in Seistan became a great city of 1 00 hectares. Clay tablets with Proto-Elamite script have been found at this site (fig. 6). This shows that Shahr-i Sokhta was associated with the Proto-Elamite Civilization that had its centre at Susa in western Iran, but extended its influence widely over the Iranian plateau (fig.

An entire cultural complex, intrusive in Baluchistan and the Indus Valley, is now in evidence, with close parallels in Bactria and Margiana, and further off in Seistan and Kerman and in southern Turkmenistan and northern Iran. While some of these immigrants obviously settled in the Kachi plain, some of them proceeded further to Sind and elsewhere in the Indian subcontinent. They could not have been very numerous, but sufficiently so for their arrival and integration into the Harappan population to make a difference.

The meaning 'carnelian' for na4 gug ( = Akkadian stimtu, lit. 'red stone') is considered as certain; we have seen that 'etched' carnelian beads of Harappan origin had found their way to Ur already in Early Dynastic times. Ja for making chairs and dagger sheaths in the times of the Third Dynasty of Ur was in all likelihood the very hard wood of the mangrove tree growing on the coast of east Baluchistan and Sind. Ja. After the end of the Isin-Larsa dynasty around 1 760 BC, ivory was n6 longer imported via the Gulf.

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