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The technology of writing, and how making signs on clay, wood or parchment enabled the development of human culture.

Melvyn Bragg investigates the development of the written word and how it has shaped our intellectual history. In this first programme he looks at the technology of writing, arguably our most important invention. He examines some of the oldest surviving writing implements, and discovers and how making signs on clay, wood or parchment enabled the development of human culture. Producer: Thomas Morris.

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