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Cuneiform! The World's Most Horrible Writing

Part of a series of FREE talks and handling sessions that allow professional archaeologists, related specialists and community groups to share their exciting work with us as it is happening and include regional, national and international projects.

With Dr Irving Finkel - Assistant Keeper, Ancient Mesopotamian (i.e. Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian) script, languages and cultures, Middle East Department, British Museum.

This illustrated talk will look at ancient cuneiform writing, supposedly dead and intimidating, but in reality a window on the real life of the ancient Sumerians, Assyrians and Babylonians. The speaker will demonstrate how the ancient signs work and, by use of startling and never-to-be expected treasures from the huge collection of cuneiform inscriptions in the British Museum, change the minds of the audience for good.
Cuneiform © The Trustees of the British Museum