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From the Fall 2016 issue of Arts & Sciences Magazine:
Picture a clay tablet embedded with a series of signs made up of spiky triangular wedge shapes joined to vertical or horizontal lines. To an untrained eye, the signs might look like a row of trees, a small fish, the seed head of a dandelion. In reality, though, the signs are non-representational, and their meanings have no relation to these fanciful interpretations. This is cuneiform, the ancient writing system invented to write Sumerian (ca. 3200 B.C.) and later associated with several ancient Near Eastern languages.