Cuneiform or Hieroglyphics

how are they different

The Differences

This flyer will tell some of the differences between Hieroglyphics and Cuneiform. Hieroglyphics are Egyptian and Cuneiform is Ancient Mesopotamian.


  • Created by ancient Mesopotamian people.
  • First form of writing.
  • Based on pictograph's.
  • Used to communicate basic information like crops or taxes.
  • Written in many different languages.


  • Created by ancient Egyptians.
  • Used to communicate religious and governmental information.
  • One of 3 or 4 other Egyptian writing forms.
  • Used to preserve beliefs, history, and ideas.
  • Often found in tombs of Pharaohs.
  • Hard to decode.
  • Written on papyrus scrolls.
  • No one knew how to decode hieroglyphics until the discovery of the Rosetta stone.

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