Hieroglyphs, Cuneiform, and writing with pictures


For this week you must create a visual/pictographic language. You can choose to emulate the styles we viewed in class such as- hieroglyphs, cuneiform, mayan glyphs, etc… Your language can utilize –  pictograms (pictures which resemble what they signify) and ideograms (pictures which represent ideas), it can use glyphs which correspond directly to letters and sounds, or it can use a combination of these methods. Most importantly it must be original.

Second you must come with a quote written in your visual language. The ‘alphabet’ you construct will serve as a key to help the class translate your quote.

For ease of translation please use English as part of your translation key.

Samples of past work.


What-the-Heck-is-Cuneiform-Anyway -Smithsonian 

A note about hieroglyphs

Deciphering Maya Glyphs

Other Sites:

Egyptian Hieroglyphs to English

Reading Mayan Glyphs

Writing in Mayan Glyphs

Mayan Translator

Egyptian Hieroglyphic Typewriter

Write like an Egyptian

Ancient Egyptian

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