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Unformatted text preview: Early Burial Procedures and the Development of Writing By Anthony Bervel Societies of today are greatly influenced by the civilizations of the past. Early developments of writing and burial procedures at sites such as the Tomb of Shihuangdi, the Tombs of Giza, and Ur of Mesopotamia greatly influenced the civilizations that came after them. The first form of writing used primarily for accounting appeared in Mesopotamia. The written symbols were primarily ideographs but also used a few pictographs for represented objects. This method of writing led to further advancements and refinements by later civilizations. The writing system in Egypt consisted of a large alphabet of hieroglyphs. Instead of refining the written form it was instead made increasingly more difficult to execute. Only a relatively small segment of the population had a few purposes for it. Through his centralizing tendencies Emperor Shihuangdi during the Qin Dynasty codified the Chinese legal system and standardized the Chinese character writing so that the...
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