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3700-year old Babylonian tablet may contain the world’s oldest known trigonometric table — Realm of History

When it comes to the history of incredible inventions, advanced mathematics was one of the major developments that came out of Mesopotamia. Pertaining to this ancient scope, the Babylonians had been in the forefront of devising fascinating new mathematical systems, including what we know today as the sexagesimal (base-60) numeral system. And now, as it…

via 3700-year old Babylonian tablet may contain the world’s oldest known trigonometric table — Realm of History

Please have a read of this if you are at all interested in history like I am! I’ve been reading a lot about Babylon and Near-East civilisations and the script the tablet was written in is Cuneiform. It was written using a wedge shaped reed and consisted of angled markings pressed into wet clay, the text followed guidelines much like our modern day lined paper!

Yes, I have a book on this, check out Irving Finkel’s guide to writing Cuneiform. I bought clay and tools from Hobbycraft.

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