Writing

Over five thousand years ago, people living in Mesopotamia developed a form of writing to record and communicate different types of information.

Early writing based on pictograms

The earliest writing was based on pictograms. Pictograms were used to communicate basic information about crops and taxes.

Cuneiform writing

Over time, the need for writing changed and the signs developed into a script we call cuneiform.

Over thousands of years, Mesopotamian scribes recorded daily events, trade, astronomy, and literature on clay tablets. Cuneiform was used by people throughout the ancient Near East to write several different languages.

 
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