Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Since I have a dreadful tendency to forget to include my list of references, I am including a better bibliography here as a post of its own.  It is not alphabetized, unfortunately.  But I delay still longer to do that, it will only get longer and I may forget it altogether.  When I eventually get it alphabetized, if I remember, I will republish it.  Here goes:

1.       Nissen, Hans, Peter Damerow, and Robert K. Englund. 1993. Archaic Bookkeeping: Writing and Techniques of Economic Administration in the Ancient Near East. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
2.       Emery, W.B. 1961 & 1991. London: Penguin.
3.       Glynne-Jones, Tim. 2008. The Book of Numbers. London: Chartwell Books.
4.       Schmandt-Besserat, Denise.  2007. When Writing Met Art: from symbol to story. Austin: University of Texas Press.
5.       Robinson, Andrew. 2002 & 2009. Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World’s Undeciphered Scripts. New York: Thames & Hudson.
6.       Wieger, Dr. L. 1965. Chinese Characters: Their origin, etymology, history, classification and signification by . New York: Paragon Book reprint, Dover Publications. Reprint of 2nd edition published by Catholic Mission Press in 1927, originally published in 1915.  
7.       Schmandt-Besserat, Denise.  How Writing Came About. 1992 & 1996. Austin: University of Texas Press.
8.       Newcomb Franc & Gladys Reichard. 1975. Sandpaintings of the Navajo Shooting Chant. New York: Dover Publications. Originally published 1937 by J.J. Augustin, New York.
9.       Damerow, Peter and Robert Englund. 1989. The Proto-Elamite Texts from Tepe Yahya. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University.
10.   Fairservis, Walter . 1992. The Harappan Civilization and its Writing: A Model for the Decipherment of the Indus Script. Leiden: E.J. Brill.
11.   Keightley, David . 1985 & 1978. Sources of Shang History: The Oracle-Bone Inscriptions of Bronze Age China.  Berkeley: University of California Press.
12.   Smith, Mary Elizabeth. 1973. Picture Writing from Ancient Southern Mexico: Mixtec Place Signs & Maps. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.
13.   Kenoyer, Jonathan Mark . 1998 & 2008. Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization. Oxford University Press.
14.   Korvink, Michael Pieter . 2007. The Indus Script: A Positional Statistical Approach. Published through Amazon, ISBN-10:0615182399.
15.   Bahti, Mark with Eugene Baatsoslanii Joe. 1978 & 2009. Navajo Sandpaintings. Tucson, Arizona: Rio Nuevo Publishers.
16.   Parpola,Asko . 1994 & 2009. Deciphering the Indus Script. New York: Cambridge University Press.
17.   Possehl, Gregory L. . 2002. The Indus Civilization: A Contemporary Perspective. Lanham, MD: Altamira Press.
18.   Joshi, Jagat Pati and Asko Parpola, eds. 1987. Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions 1. Collections in India.  Helsinki: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.
19.   Shah, Sayid Ghulam Mustafa and Asko Parpola, eds. 1991.Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions 2. Collections in Pakistan. Helsinki: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.
20.   Mookerjee, Ajit. 1985 & 1998. Ritual Art of India by Ajit . Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions.
21.   Heizer, Robert and Martin Baumhoff. 1962 & 1984. Prehistoric Rock Art of Nevada and Eastern California. Berkeley: University of California Press.
22.   Newcomb, Jr., W.W. 1967 & 1996. The Rock Art of Texas Indians, paintings by Forrest Kirkland. Austin: University of Texas.
23.   Kabotie, Fred. 1982. Designs from the Ancient Mimbreños with a Hopi Interpretation. Falgstaff, Arizona: Northland Press.
24.   Wells, Bryan. 1998. An Introduction to Indus Writing: A Thesis. The University of Calgary.
25.   Çambel, Halet. 1999. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Inscriptions. Vol. II. Karatepe-Aslantaş. New York: Walter de Gruyter.
26.   Dahl, Jacob. 2005. “Complex Graphemes in Proto-Elamite.” Cuneiform Digital Library Journal (19 June 2005).
27.   DuQuette, Lon Milo. 1995. Tarot of Ceremonial Magick: A Pictorial Synthesis of Three Great Pillars of Magick: Enochian, Goetia, Astrology. York Beach, Maine: Samuel Weiser.
28.   Collon, Dominique. 2006. First Impressions: Cylinder Seals in the Ancient Near East. London: The British Museum Press.
29.   Dzobo, N.K. “African Symbols and Proverbs as Source of Knowledge and Truth” at 
30.   Proust, Christine. 2009. “Numerical and Metrological Graphemes: From Cuneiform to Transliteration.” Cuneiform Digital Library Journal (22 June 2009).
31.   Schmandt-Besserat, Denise. 1997. “Animal Symbols at ‘Ain Ghazal” by Denise . Expedition, Vol. 39, No. 1:48-57.
32.   Damerow, Peter . 2006. “The Origins of Writing as a Problem of Historical Epistemology.” Cuneiform Digital Library Journal. (28 January 2006).
33.   Dahl, Jacob. 2002. “Proto-Elamite Sign Frequencies.” Cuneiform Digital Library Journal. (29 April 2002).
34.   Proto-Cuneiform Version II list, part of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative at 
35.   Proto-Elamite sign list updated by Jacob L. Dahl from the one originally prepared by P. Meriggi, also part of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative, 60 pages long.
36.   Englund, Robert K. 2001. “The State of Decipherment of Proto-Elamite.” Available online through Cuneiform Digital Library (for publication in S. Houston, ed., First Writing, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
37.   Dahl, Jacob L. 2005. “Animal Husbandry in Susa during the Proto-Elamite Period.” SMEA 47 (2005): 81-134.
38.   Starostin, George. 2009?. “On the Genetic Affiliation of the Elamite Language.”  [obtained online: I have a note “go to with the added note “in German” but this is also crossed out; plus the author is Russian, not German, so evidently this is not actually the source of this article. Sorry about that.
39.   Yadav, Nisha, M.N. Vahia, Iravatham Mahadevan, and H. Joglekar. 2008. “A Statistical Approach for Pattern Search in Indus Writing.” International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics 37 (1):39-52. Online at  
40.   Mahadevan, Iravatham. “Agricultural Terms in the Indus Script” Dateand source not noted (if anyone ever reads this far, perhaps they can alert me to the missing info here and elsewhere)
41.   Mahadevan, Iravatham. 2009. “Meluhha and Agastya: Alpha and Omega of the Indus Script” by 1-18. Available online at 
42.   Mahadevan, Iravatham. 1998. “’Murukan’ in the Indus Script.” Text of paper presented at First International Conference Seminar on Skanda-Murukan in Chennai, Dec. 28-30, 1998. In Journal of the Institute of Asian Studies 16 (2).
43.   Mahadevan, Iravatham. 2006. “A Note on the Muruku Sign of the Indus Script in Light of the Mayiladuthurai Stone Axe Discovery.” (May 6, 2006) at .
44.   Mahadevan, Iravatham. 2002. “Aryan or Dravidian or Neither? A Study of Recent Attempts to Decipher the Indus Script (1995-2000)” by Iravatham Mahadevan in Electronic Journal of Vedic Studies, 8 (1) (March 8, 2002).
45.   Parpola, Asko. 2005. “Study of the Indus Script.” Paper read at the 50th ICES Tokyo Session 19 May 2005, pp. 28-66
46.   Parpola, Asko. 2008. “Is the Indus script indeed not a writing system?” In Airāvati: Felicitation volume in honour of Iravatham Mahadevan, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India, pp. 111-131
47.   Parpola, Asko. 2009. “’Hind Leg’ + ‘Fish’: Towards Further Understanding of the Indus Script.” Scripta, Vol. 1 (September 2009): 37-76.
48.   Farmer, Steven. 2003. “Five Cases of ‘Dubious Writing’ in Indus Inscriptions, Parallels with Vinča Symbols and Cretan Hieroglyphic Seals: The Emblematic and Magical Nature of Indus Symbols.” Fifth Harvard Indology Roundtable, May 10, 2003, online with additional material from 2004 roundtable lecture, from
49.   Farmer, Steven. 2004. “The Illiterate Harappans: Theoretical Implications of Recent Studies of India’s First Civilization” by Steve Farmer. Washington State University at Vancouver, 19-20 February 2004. [available online from same website as previous]
50.   Lawler, Andrew. 2004. “The Indus Script—Write or Wrong?” Scienc 306 (5704) :2026-2029. DOI: 10-1126/science.306-5704.2026.
51.   Farmer, Steve, Richard Sproat, and Michael Witzel. 2004.“The Collapse of the Indus-Script Thesis: The Myth of a Literate Harappan Civilization.” Electronic Journal of Vedic Studies (EJVS) 11 – 2 (2004): 19-57. Available online at 
52.   Farmer, Steve, Richard Sproat, and Michael Witzel. 2009. “The collapse of the Indus-script thesis, five years later: Massive non-literate urban civilizations of ancient Eurasia.” Thirteenth Harvard University Roundtable on the Ethnogenesis of South and Central Asia, Kyoto Session, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), 29-31 May 2009.
53.   Farmer, Steve. 2009. “’Singletons’ in Unpublished Indus Seals: Early Support for ‘Sproat’s Smoking Gun.’” Online at 
54.   Fuls, Andreas. 2009. “The Indus Writing System” by Andreas Fuls. PowerPoint presentation online--source not noted.
55.   Farmer, Steve. 2003. “’Writing’ or Nonlinguistic Symbols? The Myth of the Literate Indus Valley” by Steve Farmer, a PowerPoint slideshow downloaded from based on talk given 18 October 2003 at International Indus Valley Conference, Long Beach (California) with minor revisions 23 Oct. 2003, May 2004.
56.   Fournet, Arnaud. 2008. “About Some Typological Features of the Indus Semiotic Corpus” by Arnaud Fournet. Downloaded from Scribdin 2008 (?)
57.   Milnor, Seaver Johnson. 2006. “A Comparison between the Development of the Chinese Writing System and Dongba Pictographs.” University of Washington Working Papers in Linguistics, vol. 24 (2005), eds. Daniel J. Jinguji and Steven Moran, pp. 30-45, Seattle, WA.  
58.   Yadav, N., M.N. Vahia, I. Mahadevan, and H. Joglekar. 2008. “Segmentation of Indus Texts.”  International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics 37 (1):53-72.
59.   Bartlett, Sarah. 2006. The Tarot Bible: the definitive guide to the cards and spreads.  New York: Sterling.
60.   Gelb, I.J. 1952 & 1969. A Study of Writing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
61.   Bunnens, Guy. 2006. A New Luwian Stele and the Cult of the Storm-God at Til Barsib-Masuwari. Publications de la Mission archéologique de l’Université de Liège en Syrie: Tell Ahmar II. Louvain: Peeters.
62.   Dehaene, Stanislas. 1997. The Number Sense: How the Mind Creates Mathematics. 1997. New York: Oxford University Press.
63.   Lewis-Williams, David. 2002. The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art. New York: Thames & Hudson.
64.   Menninger, Karl. 1969. Number Words and Number Symbols: A Cultural History of Numbers. Originally published in German 1958 as Zahlwort und Ziffer by Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht.  Translated by Paul Broneer.  Cambridge: M.I.T. Press.
65.   Dehaene, Stanislas and Jacques Mehler. 1992. “Cross-linguistic regularities in the frequency of number words.” Cognition (43) 1-29.
66.   Fenn, Courtenay H. and Chin Hsien Tseng. 1940. The Five Thousand Dictionary: A Chinese-English Pocket Dictionary and Index to the Character Cards of the College of Chinese Studies. 1940. Peking: California College in China.
67.   Lewis-Williams, David. 2002. The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art. London: Thames & Hudson.
68.   Clottes, Jean and David Lews-Williams. 1998. The Shamans of Prehistory: Trance and Magic in the Painted Caves.  New York: Harry N. Abrams. Translated from French by Sophie Hawkes.
69.   Clottes, Jean and Jean Courtin. The Cave Beneath the Sea: Paleolithic Images at Cosquer. 1996. New York: Harry N. Abrams. Translated from the French by Marilyn Garner.
70.   Gainer, Diana. 1993. Children’s Acquisition of Language and World View: A Sociological Model. Master’s thesis. East Texas State University.
71.   Coogan, Michael D. ed. and transl. 1978. Stories from Ancient Canaan. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster.
72.   Afanas’ev, Aleksandr. 1973. Russian Fairy Tales. Trns. Norbert Guterman. 1945. Reprint. New York: Pantheon.
73.   Child, Francis James. 1965. The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. 5 Vols. 1884-88. Reprint. New York: Dover.
74.   Kroeber, A.L. 1976. Yurok Myths. Berkeley: University of California Press.
75.   Ranke, Kurt. 1966. Folktales of Germany. Trans. Lotte Baumann. Chicago: University Press.
76.   Ury, Marian. 1979. Tales of Times Now Past: Sixty-Two Stories from a Medieval Japanese Collection. Berkeley: Univ. of Calif. Press.
77.   Walker, James R. 1983. Lakota Myth. Ed. Elaine A. Jahner. Lincoln: Univ. of Nebraska Press.
78.   Judd, Henry P., Mary Kawena Pukui, and John F.G. Stokes. 1945. Introduction to the Hawaiian Language: An English-Hawaiian Vocabulary with a complementary Hawaiian-English Vocabulary. Honolulu: Tongg Publishing.
79.   Holmes, Ruth Bradley and Betty Sharp Smith. 1976. 2nd ed. Beginning Cherokee. Norman: Univ. of Oklahoma Press.
80.   Knoll, Max and Kügler, J. 1959. “Subjective Light Pattern Spectroscopy in the Electroencephalic Range.” Nature (184): 1823-1824.
81.   Leone, Maria Laura. 2009. “The Phosphenic Deer Cave of Badisco: Art and Myth of the Shadows in Depth.”

1 comment:

  1. I left out the title of #2 by W.B. Emery. It's Archaic Egypt: Culture and Civilization in Egypt Five Thousand Years Ago.