History & Culture: Ancient World, Photos, Maps, More (National Geographic)
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Start Writing: The Ancient Sumerians

 
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The ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia created the basis for the first written language. Using sharpened reeds, they pressed symbols into clay tablets in a script known as cuneiform to record information on taxes, harvests, prayers, laws, letters, and scientific observations.
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