CT scanners used to look inside Mesopotamian clay balls
Published on October 29th, 2013 | by Admin0
The clay balls may represent the world’s “very first data storage system,” at least the first that scientists know of, said Christopher Woods, a professor at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, in a lecture at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum, where he presented initial findings.
The balls, often called “envelopes” by researchers, were sealed and contain tokens in a variety of geometric shapes — the balls varying from golf ball-size to baseball-size. Only about 150 intact examples survive worldwide today.
Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: Anna Ressman/Courtesy Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago