10 May 2012: How did writing begin?

On 10 May 2012, Professor Tony Sagona gave a lecture at Melbourne Museum about the origins of writing.

It’s hard to conceive of a world without writing now that it is pivotal to our daily exsitence. Yet the earliest known system of writing is only about 5,500 years old. The first true writing dates from Mesopotamia around 3,500 BC, where it played a crucial role in the development of the first cities and states, and the development of civilisation.

Speaker Biography:
Antonio (Tony) Sagona is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Melbourne. He has carried out fieldwork in Turkey, the Caucasus, Syria and Australia, and is published widely, primarily on the history and civilisations of the ancient Near East.

This lecture was proudly supported by the University of Melbourne, University Partner

Listen now to a recording of this lecture (45 minutes):


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