|Agricultural Terms in the Indus Script|
|| by Iravatham Mahadevan, May 27 2007 ||
This brand new, provocative and lucid paper by India's leading analyst of the ancient Indus script, Iravatham Mahadevan, explores a set of ancient Indus signs that he believes are related to agriculture. He uses both contextual evidence, some rather stunning comparisons with signs in ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations, evidence from the signs and variations themselves, as well as links to old Tamil terms to present a rather complete picture of how different signs might have designated different types of personages involved in agricultural production and the distribution of agricultural surpluses. His departure points, in his words are that:
Read the entire PDF Agricultural Terms in the Indus Script to see how this argument is made, with over a dozen possible sign decipherments and a number of modifier and other sign interpretations that relate to Mahadevan's analysis.
Iravatham Mahadevan is currently with the Indus Research Centre at the Roja Muthiah Research Library in Chennai, India.
See also Mahadevan's 2006 report of the Mayiladuthurai Stone Axe Discovery
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