Gadge Lahey

cuneiform

cuneiform

The ancient Sumerians were the first people to develop an actual written language. We call that writing cuneiform.The ancient Sumerians kept records of everything. Written records were very important to them. They needed young men to learn to read and write. Their language began as pictographs just like the Egyptians and Chinese. But pictographs are not easy to form into sentences, so they started to use triangle shapes to represent sounds, which they could then use to spell words.

Cuneiform was made a long time ago.The Sumerians wrote on clay tablets, using a reed pen called a stylus. Once dried, these tablets became hard and, fortunately for today's researchers, endured for millennia in the hot, dry climate.Thousands of these tablets have been unearthed. Some libraries have even been discovered with over 10,000 of these clay tablets. And although the vast majority of these tablets contain records of goods collected and distributed by the governments and trade transactions, some contain myths, stories, and letters. These documents have provided much information about the culture and history of the Sumerian people. I bet we could probably.