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The World's Oldest Writing

Cuneiform bisitun wall inscriptionIn their special feature, “The World's Oldest Writing,” ARCHAEOLOGY magazine's editors explore cuneiform—ancient Mesopotamia's robust, long-lived system of notation—and present some of the most impressive examples of cuneiform texts tied to the lives of kings, the rule of law, the practice of medicine, and more.