Cuneiform

Cuneiform Tablets and Writing System

Developed by the Sumerians, cuneiform is one of the earliest systems of writing. The markings started off as pictograms in Sumer, then evolved into the “simpler” classical wedge-shaped chinks that you may have seen at one time or another. Cuneiform translates to “wedge-shaped.”

P005079-pictograph from the British Museum
Earlier pictogram style of writing
P237904-Cuneiform tablet from the British Museum
Later wedge-shaped writing style

We are able to translate these tablets thanks to a Rosetta stone found near the city of Kermanshah in western Iran. The Behistun Inscription gives us a multilingual inscription of the same text on the cliff at Mount Behistun which has allowed us to decipher the once lost language.

Behistun Inscription in Iran

The largest collection of tablets is held in the British Museum. They have some 130,000 tablets, most which have not yet been translated.

How does this relate to my book?

In the Anunnaki Chronicles, the accounts of ancient historical events and all the Anunnaki (and their backstories) are based on the writings found in the Sumerian cuneiform texts.

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