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Carbon dating stone tablet writing

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Cuneiform characters were imprinted on a wet clay tablet with a stylus often made of reed reed pen. Once written upon, many tablets were dried in the sun or air, remaining fragile.

Later, these unfired clay tablets could be soaked in water and recycled into new clean tablets. Other tablets, once written, were fired in hot kilns or inadvertently, when buildings were burnt down by accident or during conflict making them hard and durable. Collections of these clay documents made up the very first archives. They were at the root of first libraries.