SMART Lecture

27 April 2021, 6.00 pm

10th Lecture

Professor Orly Goldwasser

PI, The Archaeology of the Mind Lab, Egyptology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem Honorary Professor, University of Göttingen

What Makes a Great Invention? The Invention of the Alphabet in the Sinai Desert C. 1840 BCE.

Host: Giulio Superti-Furga

The lecture will be hosted on Zoom.


Orly Goldwasser is a Full Professor of Egyptology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an Honorary Professor at the University of Göttingen. She was visiting professor at several renowned universities, among them Harvard University and the Collège de France. Her article “How the Alphabet Was Born from Hieroglyphs” won the “Best of BAR” award for 2009–2010 of the Biblical Archaeology Society. Her research interests range from the semiotic reconstruction of the early alphabet’s invention out of Egyptian hieroglyphs to reconstructing “mindmaps” of ancient cultures according to information embedded in their complex script systems.

Recently her Archaeomind lab embarked on a computerized comparison of semantic classifiers in the Ancient Chinese and Ancient Egyptian scripts.

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