Which one of the following, if true, would most call into question Schmandt-Besserat's theory mentioned in lines 28-33?

Rachel on May 8, 2018

Please Explain

Can you please explain why the answer is C and not B?

4 Replies

Christopher on May 12, 2018

@rmkrutz@crimson.ua.edu the answer is B, not C. Do you still have a question on this?

Rachel on May 12, 2018

Oops, yes--I meant the other way around. My bad.

on September 5, 2019

Can someone please explain this question? Thanks!

Shunhe on December 24, 2019

Hi @Minerva,

Sure thing. First, let's take a look at (B). If (B) is correct, and villagers who performed services for each other issued what we would basically call an IOU, then the envelopes could just be those IOUs instead of what Schmandt-Besserat thinks they are. As such, (B) calls into question Schmandt-Besserat's theory by putting forward an alternative one that fits with the customs of the time.

(C), on the other hand, is irrelevant because it refers to the tablets after 3000 BC, which doesn't change what the tokens on the envelopes meant before that time. (C) refers to a completely different system of recording. Hope this helps.