Cuneiform is one of the oldest forms of writing known, and was used in ancient Mesopotamia. It means ‘wedge-shaped’, because people wrote it using a reed stylus cut to make a wedge-shaped mark on a clay tablet.
How to make
1. Roll the lump of clay into a ball, then flatten it with your hand until it is about 2cm thick. Smooth the top into a flat surface for writing on.
2. Cut across the end of the lolly stick to make a straight end for wedge-shaped writing.
3.Download our syllable chart to see the main signs. Copy these by pressing the lolly stick into the clay. Cuneiform was written across the tablet from left to right, like our writing now. Follow the links below to see some original cuneiform tablets for inspiration.
4. Give your tablet and the chart to a friend and see if they can work out what it says.
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