Cuneiform Vs. Cuneiform : Cuneiform

1199 WordsNov 18, 20165 Pages
The capacity to write is one of the hallmark activities that define humans. We developed a language of our own and then created a symbolic means by which to turn an auditory activity into one that could be deciphered by another sense: sight. This transformation reflects the developing complexity of our ancestors and species. What can we learn about the lives of ancient civilizations and people by looking at the archaeological evidence and analysis of the development of early writing methods? The answers to this questions lies in the uncovering of the past remains of our oldest deciphered evidence of writing: Cuneiform. Cuneiform is a style of writing that is the earliest known. The oldest archaeological evidence of it was found in the ancient city Uruk in Mesopotamia where they have unearthed nearly 4000 clay tablets. Their estimated age is dated to roughly 3000 BC; any more specific of a time frame is debated. Cuneiform was a style of writing written on clay tablets where the characters were carved into the tablets with a reed stylus. The type of stylus tip changed over time and affected the appearance of the pictographs from straight lines to more curved or ‘wedgelike’. The change in styluses represented advancements in technology as well as the increased use of writing. By making a more specialized tool for carving in clay tablets it showed that the Sumerian people were beginning to write more frequently. Early writing, otherwise known as proto-cuneiform, was
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