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1

what were the two earliest forms of writing?

cuneiform and hieroglyphics

2

what country invented cuneiform?

sumer

3

what country invented hieroglyphics?

egypt

4

what three types of materials did the sumerians and egyptians write on?

stone, clay, papyrus

5

what writing surface was easiest to use and carry around?

papyrus

6

what writing surface lasted the longest?

stone

7

why do we know more about the older times of ancient egypt than we do about the later times?

the stone tablets they wrote on in the earlier days have lasted through the ages, while most of the writings on papyrus have turned to dust.

8

what does "mesopotamia" mean?

between the rivers

9

tell me about the first writing

the ancient sumerians wrote in cuneiform on clay. ancient egyptians wrote in hieroglyphs on stone, then on papyrus. the stone and clay writings have lasted a long time, but the papyrus writings have disintegrated.