Hieroglyphics was on of the earliest forms of writing. Hieroglyphics are symbols that stand for words that are made very similar to the way cuneiform is. There are over 600 symbols, mostly pictures of animals, used in writting hieroglyphics. Due to the fact that these symbols could be written horizontally, vertically, left to right, or right to left made it very hard to read. The only way to know which way they are written is to look at individual symbols. Since hieroglyphics was one of the earliest forms of written communication, it was what helped create the alphabet we used today.