IRVING FINKEL – on the world’s oldest way of writing at Swindon Festival of Literature

IRVING FINKEL – on the world’s oldest way of writing

Cuneiform script, on tablets of clay, traces its roots back to 3,200 BC when, for the first time ever, someone came up with the idea of writing! The choice of clay as writing medium in ancient Mesopotamia meant that records of all kinds could survive down to modern times, preserving fascinating information about ancient civilization, ranging from elementary school exercises to revealing private letters or beautifully calligraphic literature for the royal library. Ancient inscriptions can lead to a new way of thinking, about the past and the present!

Writer, broadcaster, cuneiform tablet curator in the British Museum in London, and founder of the Great Diary Project, Irving Finkel is co-author of Cuneiform, a fascinating, informative, and beautifully illustrated book that brings the past to life.