Sumerian’s Literacy

The world’s oldest known writing system traces its roots back to Mesopotamia. Surviving accounts of the Sumerian civilization are preserved on clay tablets etched with cuneiform script.

Unlike papyrus, parchment, or paper, clay withstands fire, solidifying rather than burning. Unearthed Sumerian tablets, numbering in the hundreds of thousands, offer a wealth of insights into humanity’s ancient history.

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