Cuneiform and Hierogylphics

By Camille D.


According to Wikipedia, hieroglyphics was used as writing by scribes in ancient Egypt and were believed to be used between 3200 BC and AD 400. Egyptians used a variety of hieroglyphics on papyrus and wood. Ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphics to write down their language. There are over 800 characters and symbols in this writing system. Hieroglyhpics means "sacred carving".


According to Wikipedia, cuneiform is one of the earliest writing systems and was used between 5000 BC to 100 BC. Sumerians wanted to keep records of information and teach people how to read and write so eventually, cuneiform was born. It's known for it's "wedge-shaped" drawings on clay tablets. The word cuneiform, means "wedge shaped".

How are they similar?

  • Cuneiform and hieroglyphics are both used to communicate.
  • They were both carved on natural resources.
  • They're both early types of writings.
  • Cuneiform and hieroglyphics were both used for a long time.

How are they different?

  • Hieroglyphics originated in Egypt while Cuneiform originated in Mesopotamia.
  • Hieroglyphics has 3 different types such as demotic, hieratic and hieroglyphic.
  • Cuneiform was created before hieroglyphics.
  • Hieroglyphics were usually written from right to left while cuneiform was usually written from left to right.
  • Hieroglyphics was used to communicate while cuneiform was used to keep records.