Contents: Elementary parameters in the study of ancient writing systems · Sign systems as constructs of the abstract mind
– Conditions for the transition to literacy – deconstructing a Euro-American myth – Writing technology emerging in the absence
of statehood (Danube civilization, the ancient Indus civilization, ancient China, Olmec civilization) – Writing technology
and cultural ecology in societies of the state model (pre-dynastic Egypt, the early Sumerian city states, Teotihuacán in pre-Columbian
Mesoamerica) – Ancient scripts and their principles of writing – The composition and systematic structuring of sign inventories
– The dissemination and proliferation of ancient scripts.