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A B S T R A C T
This sign appeared in the Euphrates-Tigris river valley cultures around 2000 B.C. It stands first and foremost for return or homecoming. Defined with the same meaning, it also appears as Egyptian hieroglyph, in Chinese ideography, on Hopi pottery, within Phoenician scrolls, painted on Tibetan walls and on Bronze Age jewelry dating to 1300 B.C. The symbolic essence of this graphic is the evocation of home, the place to which one returns.
Human culture has evolved a surprisingly interwoven set of signs to indicate this most essential place of safety and revival. This study will examine and compare a variety of signs specifically created to communicate the message "This is my home." Results will be presented in chapters on defining signs, defining home, categorizing marks, comparisons and cultural variations and modern usage.