Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

Indus Age: The Writing System (review)

Indus Age: The Writing System (review) book reviews Indus Age: The Writing System. Gregory L. Possehl. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996. xvi 244 pp.; 76 ®gures, 16 plates, 14 tables, bibliography, glossary, detailed table of contents, index. Hardcover, $49.95. ISBN: 0-8122-3345-X. Reviewed by Richard Salomon, University of Washington The Writing System is the ®rst of a projected four volumes in Possehl's Indus Age series. The main purpose of the volume is to ``review the corpus of glyptic material and attempt to assess the present state of knowledge of the script'' (p. vii). The e¨ort is justi®ed on the grounds that ``there is nowhere one can turn for an in-depth overview on the Indus writing system'' (p. 1), and that ``[f ]or the most part the corpus of writing on the Indus script emerges as individual works with a distinct bias, vying for a particular decipherment or perspective on the script'' ( p. 2). Possehl therefore presents this volume as the ®rst comprehensive and objective review of the subject. Possehl approaches the subject through a general overview (Chapters 1 through 4) of the Indus script and its archaeological context, followed by the longest and most important chapter, ``Decipherments and Other Research on the Indus http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Perspectives University of Hawai'I Press

Indus Age: The Writing System (review)

Asian Perspectives , Volume 39 (1) – Jan 1, 2000

Loading next page...
 
/lp/university-of-hawai-i-press/indus-age-the-writing-system-review-gtC5pX0pUn
Publisher
University of Hawai'I Press
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 University of Hawai'i Press.
ISSN
1535-8283
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

book reviews Indus Age: The Writing System. Gregory L. Possehl. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996. xvi 244 pp.; 76 ®gures, 16 plates, 14 tables, bibliography, glossary, detailed table of contents, index. Hardcover, $49.95. ISBN: 0-8122-3345-X. Reviewed by Richard Salomon, University of Washington The Writing System is the ®rst of a projected four volumes in Possehl's Indus Age series. The main purpose of the volume is to ``review the corpus of glyptic material and attempt to assess the present state of knowledge of the script'' (p. vii). The e¨ort is justi®ed on the grounds that ``there is nowhere one can turn for an in-depth overview on the Indus writing system'' (p. 1), and that ``[f ]or the most part the corpus of writing on the Indus script emerges as individual works with a distinct bias, vying for a particular decipherment or perspective on the script'' ( p. 2). Possehl therefore presents this volume as the ®rst comprehensive and objective review of the subject. Possehl approaches the subject through a general overview (Chapters 1 through 4) of the Indus script and its archaeological context, followed by the longest and most important chapter, ``Decipherments and Other Research on the Indus

Journal

Asian PerspectivesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 1, 2000

There are no references for this article.