About me

My name is Jill and I’m a  potter, writer, and distracted academic willing to argue at length that the glass is indeed half full.

I am also the mother of two beautiful daughters and the wife of an eccentric madman. I’ve been writing these daily love notes for my kids since they were old enough to have snack time away from home. Your comments are welcome and most appreciated.

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2 responses to “About me

  1. Hi —

    I’ve started a blog “Glyph of the Day” and am trying to figure out exactly what writing implements they used to write cuneiform (and how they used them), and there aren’t many people who seem to have any expertise! I saw your picture in the Sayville News
    http://www.sayvillenews.com/news.asp?news=853
    and got to you that way.

    In particular, I can’t figure out how you can make a regular wedge and a Winkelhaken out of the same reed or stylus. In the Sayville news, I saw you used a stick with a big rectangular-cross-section stylus, but a) I heard that they used reeds and b) those glyphs were WAY bigger than what I saw on tablets in Turkey this summer.

    I also have questions about the Ugaritic ‘ain, which in some places show as looking like a <, and in some places like a < with a horizontal dash in the middle (sort of like a pointy epsilon). Are those made with one press or two? Etc.

    Would you mind sharing with me whatever you know? I'd much appreciate it!

    • Hi Kaitlin,

      The stylus that the ancient Ugaritians used had a triangular tip on a slight angle. To create a vertical wedge, they’d press into the clay with the bottom point of the stylus (triangle pointing down) and then roll the stylus down to create the tail of the marking. A horizontal wedge would be created the same way but with the tringle pointing to the right. For the Winkelhaken, they would simply press in the same tip of the stylus point (triangle pointing leftward) but not pull down the stylus for the tail, rather roll toward the other side of the stylus tip. If you’re in the Sayville area, I’d be happy to illustrate this for you. The size of the grapheme created would conform to the size of the stylus used, so don’t let that throw you off.
      As far as the ayin is concerned, the ancient Ugaritic grapheme for ayin is only a single Winkelhaken. The other grapheme you describes sounds to me like one of the rare /D-underline/ graphemes drawn by wedging a Winkelhaken first and then an angled vertical through it. That is not an ayin.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers!

      ~Jill

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