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The history of writing dates back to long before today.

The writing used in


mesopotamian times and culture, was called cuneiform. According to this history
(wsite
ww.livescience.com
), cuneiform text dates back to the 6th year of prince
Lugalbanda who ruled about 2370 B.C. in southern Mesopotamia. It is an
administrative document concerning deliveries of three sorts of beer to different
recipients (to the palace and to a temple for offerings) and gives the exact
quantities of barley and other ingredients used in brewing.

We as humans, have been able to speak for hundreds of thousands of


years, but once someone came up with the idea to mark down our thoughts on
paper using written forms, it was the birth of writing. When Mesopotamians
started settling down onto farms surrounding the first cities, life became a bit
more complicated.

Agriculture required expertise and detailed recordkeeping, which were two


elements that led directly to the invention of writing. The first opportunities of
writing were pictograms used by temple officials to keep track of the inflows
and outflows of the city's grain and animal stores which, in the bigger Sumerian
urban centers such as Ur, were big enough to make counting by memory
unreliable.

Later, they began using standardized symbols like pictures of animals to


represent materials, scratched into soft clay tablets with a pointed reed that had
been cut into a pointed tip. Now, we recognize this writing as cuneiform which
originates from the Latin "cuneus," meaning wedge.

This system developed quickly to incorporate signs that represented sounds,


and soon all of Mesopotamia was taking notes, marking down transactions, and
possibly using it for recording of Hammurabis Code. Cuneiform is an ancient
Mesopotamian writing system, adapted within several language families, originating as
pictograms in Sumer around the 30th century BC, evolving into more abstract and
characteristic wedge shapes formed by a blunt reed stylus on clay tablets