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LINGUIST List 16.3360

Tue Nov 22 2005

Media: Liberty Post: Ancient Alphabet Found

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        1.    Karen Chung, Liberty Post:: Ancient Alphabet Found

Message 1: Liberty Post: Ancient Alphabet Found
Date: 18-Nov-2005
From: Karen Chung <karchungntu.edu.tw>
Subject: Liberty Post:: Ancient Alphabet Found

The Liberty Post Nov 9, 2005
Source: The New York TImes

A Is for Ancient, Describing an Alphabet Found Near Jerusalem

By John Noble Wilford

In the 10th century B.C., in the hill country south of Jerusalem, a scribe
carved his A B C's on a limestone boulder - actually, his
aleph-beth-gimel's, for the string of letters appears to be an early
rendering of the emergent Hebrew alphabet.

Archaeologists digging in July at the site, Tel Zayit, found the inscribed
stone in the wall of an ancient building. After an analysis of the layers
of ruins, the discoverers concluded that this was the earliest known
specimen of the Hebrew alphabet and an important benchmark in the history
of writing, they said this week.


Karen Chung


Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Writing Systems

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