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British Museum, London 2005. www.britishmuseum.org/ - Wikipedia - British Museum  If you look near the bottom, you can see where the tablet has been edited by having a section of cunieform chiseled out (the small rectangle second from left and second from bottom)  From Wikipedia:  "Cuneiform script is one of the earliest known forms of written expression. Emerging in Sumer around the 30th century BC, with predecessors reaching into the late 4th millennium (the Uruk IV period), cuneiform…

The world’s first great library was that of the ancient Assyrian King Ashurbanipal II, Cuneiform tablet detailing Library etiquette.

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Cuneiform writing from 3000 BC Cuneiform is a system of writing first developed by the ancient Sumerian's of Mesopotamia c. It is considered the most significant among the many cultural contributions of the Sumerian's

The oldest document in world history is a clay tablet created by the Sumerians, a people that lived in Ancient Mesopotamia, modern day Iraq, in 3,300 B.C. More: http://bigpicturehistory.com/what-is-the-oldest-document-in-world-history/

Letter sent by the high-priest Lu’enna to the king of Lagash (maybe Urukagina), informing him of his son’s death in combat, c. 2400 BC, found in Telloh (ancient Girsu) Source: Louvre Museum.

Die drei zusammengesetzen Fragmente der neu entdeckten Tontafel aus dem Gilgamesch-Epos

Gilgamesh - Tablet V of the Epic of Gligamesh. The Sulaymaniyah Museum, Iraq.

The tablet represents one of the oldest mathematical diagrams ever found and the earliest use of the Pythagoras Theorem. Originating from the eighteenth century BC city of Larsa in southern Iraq, the tablet is part of an ancient mathematical textbook that includes a problem involving the construction of an equilateral triangle.

Larsa: on the tablet is one of the oldest mathematical diagrams ever found & the earliest use of the Pythagorean Theorem. The tablet is part of an ancient mathematical textbook that includes a problem involving the construction of an equilateral triangle

Proto-Elamite tablet, 3200-3000 B.C. This early Bronze Age writing system used by the oldest civilization of Iran over a large geographical area, but only for about two hundred years. It’s difficult for experts to even guess at what symbols may represent since they’re mostly abstract.

Breakthrough in world's oldest undeciphered writing. The world's oldest undeciphered writing system, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its secrets, could be about to be decoded by Oxford University academics.

The Flood Tablet, relating part of the Epic of Gilgamesh, From Nineveh, northern Iraq, Neo-Assyrian, 7th century BC, most famous cuneiform tablet from Mesopotamia, at the British Museum, London. Photo taken by Jessica Spengler.  I would never have realized this is language!

ancientart: The most famous cuneiform tablet from Mesopotamia The Flood Tablet, relating part of the Epic of Gilgamesh, From Nineveh, north.

ca. 3,200 BCE. Sumerian Tablet, Uruk. an intermediate form of writing with pictographs, a grid and wedges for numbers  which later developed into cuneiform in Mesopotamia.

Sumerian Proto-cuneiform tablet with pictograms of the Near East, Mesopotamia Uruk period IV 3500 BCE

Darius I Persepolis Gold Plates These plates were found by archeologists in 1938, in Persepolis, near modern day Shiraz, Iran. There were two gold plates and two silver plates in a stone box, written on in cuneiform script. The plates date to 518 – 515 BC.

Darius I Persepolis Gold Plates These plates were found by archeologists in in Persepolis, near modern day Shiraz, Iran. There were two gold plates and two silver plates in a stone box, written on in cuneiform script. The plates date to 518 – 515 BC.

The Babylonian cuneiform tablet with stew recipes (1700 BC). Courtesy of Yale Babylonian Collection

A Babylonian cuneiform tablet with stew recipes, 1700 BCE. In my Iraqi Kitchen: Recipes, History and Culture, by Nawal Nasrallah

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