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#2 The Origins of Writing: Jonathan Taylor of The British Museum at The Future of Text 2013

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Published on Dec 4, 2013

Jonathan Taylor is Assistant Keeper, Cuneiform collections, Mesopotamia at The British Museum.

Under what circumstances was writing invented and by whom? Jonathan's talk centre's on the history of the very first writing, exploring some of the enduring mysteries clouding the origins of writing.

The Future of Text 2013 was a unique one day symposium at London College of Communication (LCC) concerned with the future of written communication. Hosted by the advertising programme at LCC speakers included Vint Cerf of Google, Chris Stringer of The Natural History Museum, Jonathan Taylor of The British Museum, John Baines of Oxford University, David Bellos of Princeton University and Tom Standage of The Economist.

Speakers presented on topics from the origins of human writing and the creation of the alphabet, to the technological and societal factors that have shaped the written word and the future of communications beyond the digital age.

All of the talks are free to enjoy and share on the LCC YouTube Channel.

www.arts.ac.uk/lcc

www.thefutureoftext.org

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