An Exploration of Writing - Peter T. Daniels

An Exploration of Writing - Peter T. Daniels

Recoveries and Decipherments

An Exploration of Writing - Peter T. Daniels

Peter T. Daniels [+-]
Independent Scholar
Peter T. Daniels, the world’s leading expert on writing systems, holds degrees in linguistics from Cornell University and the University of Chicago. His first interests were in Comparative Semitic linguistics, which built to the study of writing and decipherment. His challenge to his teacher I. J. Gelb’s influential theories of the evolution of scripts has led to a persistent search for legitimate principles of the nature and development of writing. He is co-editor (with William Bright) of and principal contributor to The World’s Writing Systems (1996) and is hte author of An Exploration of Writing (Equinox, 2018).


Here the author gives the merest sketch of two of the decipherments they have treated elsewhere—the most important ones—and omits the best known ones that are ably described in other books. Instead, the author devotes their limited space to the least known and the most recent decipherments.

Notify A Colleague


Daniels, Peter . Recoveries and Decipherments. An Exploration of Writing. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 118-125 Feb 2018. ISBN 9781781795293. Date accessed: 01 Dec 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30870. Feb 2018

Dublin Core Metadata