Linear Elamite writing

Authored by: François Desset

The Elamite World

Print publication date:  January  2018
Online publication date:  January  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138999893
eBook ISBN: 9781315658032
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Discovered at the beginning of the 20th century in the French excavations of Susa (Scheil 1905b), Linear Elamite writing had been for a long time associated with the Proto-Elamite tablets (de Mecquenem 1956: 200; Gelb 1963: 89) before being recognized by Hinz (1962) as an independent system (‘elamische Strichschrift’). Since it is still undeciphered today, the current label implying its use to record the Elamite language is quite misleading. For this reason, the label “LE writing” will be used here, to avoid the use of the glottonym Elamite (see Desset 2012).

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