Week 3 - Proto-writing

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Prof. Tarma Amelia Black
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Week 3 - Proto-writing

Post by Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:00 am

We've gone through some of the history of communication, with story-telling being of an apparently world-wide use and then with pictures shown on a varying number of surfaces in a varying number of places. Following those, and developing towards the communication of writing with which we are most familiar today, is Proto-writing.

Proto-writing appears to be based on the traditions of symbol systems which many peoples used. While not precisely classified as writing proper, it has many characteristics which are strongly reminiscent of writing, so they are called 'proto-writing'. Scholarly examination of these proto-writings result in a variety of conclusions, all of which are not always agreeing with each other, but the general concensus is that they were most likely systems of ideographic and/or mnemonic symbols which conveyed certain information -- but that they were most likely devoid of any linguistic information. Most scholars appear to think that proto-writing began in the early Neolithic period, as early as the seventh millennium B.C.E. -- if not earlier.

We have for you a Proto-writing Cryptogram to solve!

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Solve this Cryptogram and send the solution to us at hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (without the spaces) with the subject line ‘Week 3 - Cryptogram - HOL ID’ by July 22nd, 11:59pm HOL time. You will earn 10 points for a correct solution.

Remember to include your HOL name, ID and House in the body of the email!
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Re: Week 3 - Proto-writing - Cryptogram

Post by Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:05 am

Solutions have been received from:

Gail Allen
Kendra Givens
Maxim Trevelyan
Polaris Black
Prof. Scarlet Leslie-Lewis
Silas Hipolito Crist
Will Lestrange
Zen McGregor
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Re: Week 3 - Proto-writing

Post by Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:30 am

The answer, as provided by Polaris Black -

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