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Cypro syllabic inscription.s.VI BC. Cyprus Archaeological Museum. Lefkosia.

italian binding - I like this - I have been saving all of my narrow old belts so that I could use them on books!!

Tumblr A Tibetan musical score. These are sublime, you look at them and need know nothing about time signatures or the calligraphy of notes.

William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1, Act II, Scenes 1 and 3. A literary parallel or Actor’s part. Manuscript in English on paper, Oxford or London, ca. 1586-1600.

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10 Undeciphered Writing Systems of the Ancient World - Urban Ghosts

Across the ancient world, a plethora of languages and writing systems remain undeciphered. We've lost their thoughts, their rituals and their words - but we haven't given up yet. Here are 10 of compelling examples.

The earliest Aramaic alphabet was based on the Phoenician alphabet. In time, Aramaic developed its distinctive "square" style. The ancient Israelites and other peoples of Canaan adopted this alphabet for writing their own languages. Thus, it is better known as the Hebrew alphabet today. This is the writing system used in Biblical Aramaic and other Jewish writing in Aramaic. The other main writing system used for Aramaic was developed by Christian communities: a cursive form known as the…

Mysterious ancient Chinese books found in Chongqing. The Tujia have been known as an ethnic minority with its own spoken language but without a written language. Yet a succession of ancient books in the same written language have been found in the Youyang Tujia habitation straddling the borders of Hunan, Hubei, Guizhou Province, and Chongqing City.

'The Codex Aureus of St. Emmeram, 9th century illuminated Gospel Book. Gold cover with precious gemstones, sapphires, emeralds, and pearls. At the centre of the cover appears Christ in Majesty seated on the globe of the world and holding on his knee a book inscribed with the words “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me." Important example of Carolingian art, as well of one of very few surviving treasure bindings of this date. Precisely dated to…

Rongorongo, ancient language of Easter Island