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Previously unknown language discovered on ancient clay tablets

This is pretty cool: Archaeologists working in the ruins of a 2,800-year-old palace in the Middle East have uncovered clay tablets which hint at a previously unknown language. The tablet revealed the names of 60 women – probably prisoners-of-war or victims of an Assyrian forced population transfer programme. But when the

Names of ancient Roman priests found in Egypt

A collection of 150 clay fragments containing the names of priests who served in Egypt during the Roman era has been found in Fayoum. “It is really a complete archive that highlights not only the names of priests who served in the temple during the Roman era but religious practices and

4,000-year-old cuneiform tablets found in Turkey

Archaeologists have unearthed 4,000-year-old cuneiform tablets which detail a trade agreement at Kultepe-Karum in Turkey. Archeologists have been carrying out excavations in Karum hamlet near Kultepe tumulus, where Assyrians used to live, since 1948. They have unearthed some 23,000 cuneiform-script tablets so far. "Around 4,500 tablets have been smuggled abroad

Ancient legal tablet found at Tel Hazor

A legal tablet dating back to the 18th or 17th centuries BC has been uncovered at Tel Hazor in Northern Israel. It is the first time a document resembling Hammurabi's laws has been uncovered in Israel. The Code of Hammurabi constituted the most ancient and extensive legal codex in the