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Illustrations by Katie Idle

Writing in the Ancient World is a CREWS programme providing free resources for teaching and studying ancient writing. It’s aimed especially at 7-11 year olds (Key Stage 2 in the UK), but we hope these resources will be accessible to everybody. Each pack includes information sheets for teachers and students, activities and cartoons. Scroll down to the Download Centre below to find them.

To help you use these materials in the classroom, or think about how to adapt them for other uses, click HERE for our online workshop.

If you teach age 7-11 and would be interested in joining our focus group, please click HERE for further details.

If you download our resources, please use the form at the bottom of the page to send us some feedback! We need this feedback to report back to our funders, and to help improve these resources and develop new ones in the future.

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Greek Alphabet Resource Pack


Linear B Resource Pack


Phoenician Alphabet Resource Pack


Alphabetic Cuneiform Resource Pack


Egyptian Hieroglyph Resource Pack


Other Writing Systems Resource Pack

You may also be interested in trying out our Write with CREWS video series, and our wider range of worksheets on ancient writing systems.

If you downloaded any or all of the above materials, please fill in this form below with as much detail as you are happy to give.

Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems (the CREWS project) has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 677758).

Writing in the Ancient World (WAW) is sponsored by the Impact Fund of the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Cambridge.

WAW cartoons are by Katie Idle (visit her website here).