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Dictionary of ancient Assyrian language finished

Scholars at the University of Chicago have completed a dictionary of the Assyrian languange, listing 28,000 words that haven't been used in over 2,000 years. The raw material for the dictionary was the millions of still-surviving cuneiform tablets recovered from ruins of Akkadian, Babylonian, Assyrian and other ancient Near Eastern Mesopotamian

Old Testament-era tablet discovered

Archaeologists in Turkey have found an Old-Testament era treaty written in cuneiform, dating back to the 7th century B.C.  King Esarhaddon was nearing the end of his reign in Assyria when he drafted this treaty, trying to ensure a peaceful succession to the throne, Harrison said. "It was remarkable the

The $10 million ancient gold tablet swapped for cigarettes

The family of a holocaust survivor who swapped some cigarettes for a $10 million 3,200-year-old Assyrian gold tablet has been allowed to keep the artifact. Berlin's Vorderasiatisches Museum had demanded the 3,200-year-Assyrian artefact be returned because it was looted by Soviet troops. But a judge on Long Island has ruled

Assyrian cuneiform tablets decoded

Clay cuneiform tablets from the Assyrian empire have been decoded, shedding light on what life was like 3,000 years ago in the area. Palace scribes jotted down seemingly mundane state affairs on the tablets during the Late Iron Age—which lasted from roughly the end of the ninth century B.C. until the

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