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Learning to Write Mesopotamian Clay Tablet

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Learning to Write Mesopotamian Clay Tablet

Learning to Write Mesopotamian Clay Tablet

Cuneiform, the earliest form of writing, was invented around 5,300 years ago in Mesopotamia. Unlike the 26 letters of the English alphabet, where each represents a sound, cuneiform is a mix of signs for whole words as well as for individual vowels and syllables. Both are capable of writing any language.

Scribes wrote cuneiform on a moist clay tablet using a wedge-shaped reed stylus. Being a scribe took more than a decade of study, and, like our education system, had different levels to which students could advance. Low-level scribes likely worked for merchants or the many temples and administrative offices, while high-level scribes could become advisers to the kings or high priests. Nearly 1 million cuneiform tablets and fragments are known to survive today, attesting to the rich culture of writing enjoyed by the different Mesopotamian civilizations.


This historical collection includes an acrylic resin replica of a student-scribe tablet. The clay tablet is round and easy for the student to hold in his hand. Round tablets like this are known as lentils. On one side, the teacher would write the set of signs or the text to be learned, which the student would then copy on the opposite side.

Size and Construction

This tablet replica measures 2.7" L × 2.7" W × 1" D and weighs 1.75 oz.

Delivery

You can expect your tablet to be delivered in 5 to 7 business days. If you need it sooner, select Rush Shipping at checkout.

Return Policy

You may return the tablet in the original packaging within 30 days for a full refund (less shipping costs).

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