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CUNEIFORM WRITING: 5 things you always wanted to know about it

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WHAT IS IT?

Cuneiform is not a language but a proper way of writing distinct from the alphabet. It doesn’t have ‘letters’ – instead it uses between 600 and 1,000 characters.

WHO INVENTED IT? 

The Sumerians in Ancient Mesopotamia. It was first developed by scribes as a bookkeeping tool to keep track of bread and beer rations in ancient cities like Uruk.

WHERE WAS IT DISCOVERED?

It originated in what is now Iraq before 3,200 BC.

HOW WAS IT DONE?

Texts were written by pressing a cut, straight reed into tablets made of moist clay.

WHY DID PEOPLE USE IT?

Cuneiform writing was used to record a variety of information such as temple activities, business, and trade. Cuneiform was also used to write stories, myths, and personal letters


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