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Department of
Anthropology and Classical Studies
Olin Hall 237
Akron, OH 44325-1910

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Monday -Friday 
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


March 23 - 29, 2015

Phone: 330-972-7875 
Fax: 330-972-2338 

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Latest News from Dr. Timothy Matney's Archaeological Team

UA-led team says ancient bookkeeping system survived well after writing invented

An archaeological dig in Turkey directed by Timothy Matney, professor of anthropology and classical studies, has found evidence that an ancient form of bookkeeping employing small clay tokens (pictured above) continued to be used at least 2,000 years after the advent of writing.

The analysis, based on artifacts excavated over 17 summers at the Ziyaret Tepe site in southeastern Turkey, contradicts scientists' earlier conclusion that the tokens quickly faded from use as humans began using reeds to make inscriptions on clay tablets.

Matney has directed the Ziyaret Tepe Archaeological Expedition since it began in 1997. His international team of collaborators includes researchers from England, Germany and Turkey.

A report on their finding appears in the June 2014 issue of the Cambridge Archaeological Journal. Story continues online.

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