This limestone stela shows classical hieroglyphs from 3,600 years ago. It contains a hymn to the god of the netherworld, Osiris, and is currently the oldest object in the British Library collection.
Hieroglyphic writing in Egypt began 5,000 years ago. It is a mixed system of signs for individual sounds, syllables or words.
- Article by:
- Ewan Clayton
- The origins of writing
From Mesopotamia to the Americas, discover how different regions around the world adopted writing at different times and for different reasons.