Monday, May 6, 2019

From Clay Tablets to Smartphones: 5,000 Years of Writing

By Cody Delistraty
he British Library’s exhibition “Writing: Making Your Mark” presents 120 objects representing 44 different systems of writing from the past 5,000 years.
LONDON — The writing’s on the wall, we’re told. Whether it was Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press in the 15th century, the invention of the typewriter 300 years later, or the emoji of today’s smartphones, the act of writing seems to be forever on the precipice of extinction, without quite falling off. “Writing has never been static,” said Adrian Edwards, a curator at the British Library who put together the exhibition “Writing: Making Your Mark,” which runs through Aug. 27. “The marks we make on the page have always changed and developed in ways in tune with our needs,” he added. [More]
A large Mayan limestone stele with writing from Belize, from the seventh century A.D.