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Archaic Clay Tablet

Archaic Clay Tablet

This square convex tablet made of clay is inscribed on one side with an early form of cuneiform writing in which many of the signs are drawings of the things they represent (pictographic). This tablet is similar to those found in the city of Uruk, where writing first developed; clay tablets such as this one are among the earliest known written records. While most texts dealt with administrative procedures, others served as practice tablets for the education of scribal students. The latter often consisted of lists of objects, places, or occupations. The writing system at this time was already highly developed, with more than 1,200 different signs.

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