Cuneiform inscription

Cuneiform inscription

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Caption: Cuneiform inscription from the Royal Palace at Khorsabad (ancient Dur-Sharrukin) during the reign of the Assyrian king Sargon II (721-705). The cuneiform writing system flourished in the Near East from before 3000 BC to AD 75, roughly the same period as Egyptian hieroglyphics. The Assyrian language was a dialect of Akkadian. The wedge-shaped script was created by impressing a reed stylus into damp clay. Cuneiform was one of the earliest writing systems. Vatican Museum

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Keywords: akkadian, ancient script, antiquity, archaeology, archeology, assyrian, character, characters, clay tablet, cuneiform, first, historical, history, language, linguistics, symbol, symbols, writing system, written

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