The Ashmolean

Iraq: Navel of the World

Writing [3]

Trainee scribes wrote in very large script, just like school children do today. But professional scribes could make their writing very tiny indeed. This little tablet just 2 cm square, with almost invisibly small writing on, is a dinner ticket for travelling messengers. It lists the bread, meat, onions, and beer to be given to them every day on their official journey in the south of Iraq in about 2050 BC.

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