Cuneiform. By Aidan Thompson and Brodie Worden. Origins – Early Development. Long before the development of writing, Sumerians used clay tokens that were used to count the number of agricultural or manufactured goods.
By Aidan Thompson
and Brodie Worden
Long before the development of writing, Sumerians used clay tokens that were used to count the number of agricultural or manufactured goods.
As the use of tokens increased, they needed to think of a way to store them safely, without risk of theft or loss.
To do this they would store them in a clay containers and them seal them, on the top they impressed a picture to show how many were in it.
The next slides will outline a timeline of the development of the Cuneiform and its uses.
This information was sourced from http://www.mesopotamia.co.uk/time/explore/main_wri.html on 28/02/2012
About 3000 BCE the Sumerians began to develop signs instead of pictures for writing.
This is what became known as Cuneiform.
Around 2500 BCE Sumerians began to write more creative literature, such as poetry.
Before this time most of the inscriptions were either official documents or messages to people.
At this point on the timeline the cuneiform developed with a change in the direction of the script
This meant that the script went from the being written vertically to horizontally
With the invasion of Sargon the Great and the Akkadians the cuneiform gained an outside influence
The Akkadians invaded Sumer and being to write down their language using cuneiform