Category Archives: Writing

The Development of Writing

Late Uruk and Jemdet Nasr periods (3300-2900 B.C.E.) The earliest writing in the history of mankind was developed at the end of the fourth millennium B.C.E. in what is now southern Iraq. At this time, Mesopotamia was dominated by the … Continue reading

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Writing in Clay

First, clay would be unearthed where it naturally occurred.  It would be washed clean of impurities and debris. A scribe (writer) would write in the soft clay with a stylus made from a reed.  The tablet dried quickly in the … Continue reading

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How Cuneiform “Works”

In the very early years of Mesopotamian life, there was a token exchange system. Tokens (often small clay cones) would be given in receipt for goods or services.  This system was in use at least as early as 3500 B.C.E., … Continue reading

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Evolution of Cuneiform Script

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