"Phoenician hen tracks"

Phoenician was an ancient language of the people who lived along the coast of modern-day Lebanon, Syria, and northern Israel. Its closest modern relation is Hebrew. The Phoenicians were a thriving maritime culture that dated between 1550 and 300 BC and spread as far west as what is now known as Tunisia, Malta, and Algeria. Their written language, developed in the 18th and 17th centuries BC, looks a little like “hen tracks,” though that is evidently Bradbury’s unique description of it.