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Signs On a Potsherd From Gonur (On the Question of the Script Used in Margiana)

Signs On a Potsherd From Gonur (On the Question of the Script Used in Margiana) SIGNS ON A POTSHERD FROM GONUR (ON THE QUESTION OF THE SCRIPT USED IN MARGIANA) I.S. KLOCHKOV At the end of September 1994, while collecting surface finds on the northern hill at Gonur, I picked up a sherd, on which two clear signs had survived. This find that did not appear out of the ordinary at first may well possess key importance for resolving vitally important questions (whether the population of Margiana had a written language in the Late Namazga V-Namazga VI era and the language group to which the population of Gonur, or at least part of it belonged) and also provide a serious argument in the controversy over the absolute chronology of the settlements in the ancient delta of the Murghab.' In view of this we feel that it merits a special publication (Fig. I ). The sherd is 8.2 cms high, 4.3 cms wide at its base, 1 cm thick along its top edge and 1.2 cms thick along its bottom edge. Unfortunately the fragment is not sufficiently informative to enable us to establish the shape of the whole vessel. On the basis of the measurements and calculations the author has made it is possible to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia Brill

Signs On a Potsherd From Gonur (On the Question of the Script Used in Margiana)

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0929-077X
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1570-0577
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10.1163/157005798X00053
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SIGNS ON A POTSHERD FROM GONUR (ON THE QUESTION OF THE SCRIPT USED IN MARGIANA) I.S. KLOCHKOV At the end of September 1994, while collecting surface finds on the northern hill at Gonur, I picked up a sherd, on which two clear signs had survived. This find that did not appear out of the ordinary at first may well possess key importance for resolving vitally important questions (whether the population of Margiana had a written language in the Late Namazga V-Namazga VI era and the language group to which the population of Gonur, or at least part of it belonged) and also provide a serious argument in the controversy over the absolute chronology of the settlements in the ancient delta of the Murghab.' In view of this we feel that it merits a special publication (Fig. I ). The sherd is 8.2 cms high, 4.3 cms wide at its base, 1 cm thick along its top edge and 1.2 cms thick along its bottom edge. Unfortunately the fragment is not sufficiently informative to enable us to establish the shape of the whole vessel. On the basis of the measurements and calculations the author has made it is possible to

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Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to SiberiaBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1999

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