Sinaitic Writing

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Sinaitic Writing

 

a linear pictographic, syllabic, or quasi-alphabetic writing system used in the beginning and middle of the second millennium B.C. Examples of Sinaitic writing were first discovered near ancient Egyptian malachite mines on the Sinai Peninsula in 1904 and 1905 by the British archaeologist W. Flinders Pétrie. The writing has not been deciphered. It has been suggested by a number of scholars, including A. Gardiner and V. V. Struve, that Sinaitic writing represents a link between Egyptian hieroglyphics and Phoenician alphabetic writing.

REFERENCES

Driver, G. R. Semitic Writing From Pictograph to Alphabet. London, 1954.
Gelb, I. J. A Study of Writing. Chicago, 1963. [23–1212–]
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