Cuneiform: The First Written Language

Cuneiform: The First Written Language

Most archaeologists believe cuneiform to be the first example of written language ever discovered. It was developed in ancient Sumer around 3000 BCE. This writing is believed to have closely mimicked what people were actually saying because it had enough contextual information.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    There may have been proto-language more than a million years ago. (0:35)

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    Our first verbal language probably developed between 30,000 and 1000,000 years ago. (0:44)

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    Most archaeologists believe the first true writing was cuneiform, developed in ancient Sumer around 3000 BC. (1:29)

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