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What is a cylinder seal?

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The people of ancient Mesopotamia, which is Western Asia (think Iraq), are thought to have created the earliest forms of writing. One of the most common artifacts found from this period is the cylinder seal. These are small, cylinder-shaped objects engraved with designs around their perimeter. They were used, we believe, as a security method, much like the wax stamps that adorned private papers during later periods of history.

Cylinder seals were common for thousands of years in the ancient world (from approximately 3500 BC – 330 BC).

The periods of cylinder seal creation are listed in order below:

Protoliterate Period - 3500-3000 BC

Early Dynastic - 3000-2340 BC

Akkadian - 2340-2180 BC

Ur III - 2180-1800 BC

Old Babylonian - 1800-1600 BC

Peripheral Styles - 1900-1700 BC

Middle Assyrian - 1300-1000 BC

Neo-Assyrian - 1000-612 BC

Neo-Babylonian - 612-539

Achaemenian - 590-330 BC

My blog is about the history of the ancients and I will be describing various cylinder seals as the months go on. If you’re interested in learning more, please feel free to join me.

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I am the Fourth Sibling of Clutch 144. I currently live in the Band and my passion is ancient history. I grew up in the Eastern Utopias.


  • Snowbird
    Snowbird Monday, 09 July 2012

    Nice, Esta!

    I can see you are going to write substantial blogs! :D

  • Sera
    Sera Monday, 09 July 2012

    Holy Shit! You're missing TAGS!

    Lucan is gonna flip out! ;););););)

  • Esta
    Esta Monday, 09 July 2012


    I fixed it! :)

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  • Lucan
    Lucan Thursday, 12 July 2012

    She's just trying to scare you Esta

    I would not freak out on you. I love having you around.

  • Sera
    Sera Thursday, 12 July 2012


    Riiiiiiight....that's why you were going to kill her if XXXXXX failed to bring back XXXXXX

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