syam wrote:@shiv sir, can you tell me how any one can read Cuneiform script. I am going through some material. They have so many pictures of these scripts.
Wonder how it is possible to read without knowing the language of the speaker. Can we learn arabic or chinese just by looking at script?
The history is interesting - but the actual method used in deciphering is unclear. According to Wiki the method of deciphering has never been published.
However the most important clue in deciphering cuneiform is the Behistun inscription in Iran. This is a tri-lingual inscription with one of the languages being "Old Persian". It was translated by a Rawlinson who had been in India and knew some Sanskrit (I think). Anyhow old Persian sounds a bit like Sanskrit if the deciphering is to be believed. From that deciphering of old Persian - the other two languages in the tri lingual Behistun inscription were deciphered.
I think someone needs to re-do this - starting with digging up old records and looking at cuneiform. If you do it - more power to you.