Akkadian Alphabet3

Writing materials the abundantly available clay in

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Unformatted text preview: ent. Writing materials The abundantly available clay in the river-beds was chosen, and impressions on clay tablets were made with a stylus. Sharp stylus was changed to blunt stylus later. From Picture to Pictogram Pictograms were the basis for cuneiform writing. BC 3200 3000 Philadelphia Tablet (3100-2900 BC) The document, on both sides, records transfer of certain land. Col. 1 describes the acquisition of of 63.5 ha of land by a person. Col 2 and Col 3 describe division into 4 fields. The round holes in the tablet count the field size. This writing is from top-to-bottom using a pointed stylus. From Picture to Pictogram Later the direction of writing was changed from top-to-bottom to left-to-right, necessitating rotating the signs by 900. BC BC 3200 3000 2400 From From pointed to blurt Stylus A pointed stylus on clay caused pointed ‘heap-up’ and ‘clog’ lines already written. To avoid this a blunt stylus came into use later. From pointed to blunt Stylus Blunt Stylus Possible impressions of a blunt stylus, with little lateral movement of stylus and orientation of holding the tab...
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