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Translated cuneiform tablet reveals Noah’s Ark story

3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet has been translated that tells a version of the story of Noah's Ark. While every child's toy and biblical illustration – and the latest film version, due for release later this month and starring Russell Crowe as Noah – shows a big pointy-ended wooden boat, the Babylonian tablet

3D printing cuneiform tablets

Researchers have come up with a cool use for 3D printing technology - making duplicates of ancient cuneiform tablets. Tablets can be copied using latex molds, but this runs the risk of damaging the original, Owen said. The most important recent technological development in the field was digital photography; this allowed

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

The oldest text found in Jerusalem

A tiny clay fragment, dating back 3,400 years, is the oldest text discovered in Jerusalem. The clay chip is a key find which indicates the importance of the city in the Bronze Age, around 1,400 BC, researchers at Jerusalem's Hebrew University said. It was discovered during an excavation in an

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

British Museum delays sending Cyrus Cylinder to Iran

The British Museum has delayed sending the Cyrus Cylinder back to Iran after discovering two cuneiform inscriptions elsewhere in the museum's collection that may shed light on the cylinder's missing passages. After that, “it is intended that the two new pieces should be exhibited for the first time in Tehran, together with

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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