"Gifts from the High and Mighty of Adab to the High Priestess, on the occasion of her election to the temple."
The people of Sumer were among the first to devise a writing system. Employing a stylus on damp clay, they used a written script known as cuneiform ("wedge-shaped"). With it they were able to record their history, keep records, conduct trade, communicate over long distances, maintain a code of laws, and preserve a religious and secular literature that influenced subsequent cultures. It was a revolution in communication comparable to Guttenberg's moveable-type printing press and the Internet. Much of what we know today about ancient Mesopotamia has been culled from the clay tablets that have survived the ravages of time.
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