The Sumerians were known for their inventions. Can you think of inventions that people today take for granted? To start with, this website contains writing. Writing was invented by the Sumerians. Markings were scratched on hard clay tablets with a sharp-ended reed. This was called cuneiform writing. Other common inventions from the Sumerians include wheels. Wheels are now used today for almost everything, from toy cars to regular cars to rolling backpacks. Also, the Sumerians invented the sailboat. In the ancient world the sailboat was used for transportation, and now it is used for a leisure day at the lake. The Sumerians invented the world's first story called the Epic of Gilgamesh, which is about a hero who wishes to be immortal. Next, the ingenious Sumerians invented the game of checkers. Today, checkers is widely known and played by people everywhere. Agricultural inventions include the plow and irrigation systems. With irrigation today, water can be transferred directly to your house. Mathematical inventions include a formula to measure land sizes and a time system base on every 60. Sumerians also introduced astronomy and education. Today, we use their time systems for our time. The Sumerians were, without a doubt, the most talented people of the Ancient World.