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That is why the Mesopotamians wrote in this rather 34 Thing-signs (Sumeria) became word-signs. peculiar way. The clay tablets were baked in ovens and hardened to stone by time. Their biggest advantage was that they were almost indestructible, and could last thousands of years. In the beginning, these tablets were about the size of a playing card, though thicker. Try to imagine how a writer must have held one in his hand. It is likely that this was a messy business, and that his hand smudged the first column when he wrote the next.
Everybody who could afford it had a personal seal. It was more like a piece of jewellery really, worn on a string around the neck, or pinned like a brooch to clothes. What is more, a seal impression was like an ingenious lock and key. A housewife going to market pressed a lump of wet clay onto the edge of her door and rolled her seal over it. If she found the seal damaged on her return, she knew that someone had broken in! As it is today, laws in those olden times were essential. The earliest laws we know are the 'Hammurabi Code'.
Will it surprise you to know that this story was told on the broken bits of a clay tablet found in the ruined city of Nineveh in Mesopotamia? It was one of the many old tablets found that tell us about this dead land. We saw how early man, including the ancient Egyptians, wrote on stone and tree barks. Naturally, he soon felt the need for less cumbersome materials for writing. Animal skins were used for a while, but they were too scarce and too dear. So people started thinking of new writing materials, for instance, the clay tablets of Mesopotamia.