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Trigonometric table found on 3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet

The world's oldest trigonometric table has been found on a 3,700-year-old cuneiform tablet housed at Columbia University. At least 1,000 years before the Greek mathematician Pythagoras looked at a right angled triangle and worked out that the square of the longest side is always equal to the sum of the squares

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

Holocaust victim ordered to return ancient artifact

A court in Brooklyn has ordered the family of a Holocaust survivor to return a 3,200-year-old Assyrian tablet to a German museum. The decision turns on its head the familiar scenario of Holocaust victims suing to reclaim property stolen or extorted from them by the Nazis. But in this case, according

1,600-year-old Roman curses translated

Two ancient curses inscribed on lead tablets have been translated, revealing their intended victims: a senator named Fistus and a veterinarian named Porcello. Sánchez Natalías added that it isn't certain who cursed Porcello or why. It could be for either personal or professional reasons. "Maybe this person was someone that (had)

1,700-year-old Greek curse tablet translated

A 1,700-year-old curse tablet written in ancient Greek has been translated. A fiery ancient curse inscribed on two sides of a thin lead tablet was meant to afflict, not a king or pharaoh, but a simple greengrocer selling fruits and vegetables some 1,700 years ago in the city of Antioch, researchers

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

The oldest readable writing in Europe

A clay tablet found in Greece contains the oldest known decipherable text found in Europe. Considered "magical or mysterious" in its time, the writing survives only because a trash heap caught fire some 3,500 years ago, according to researchers. Found in an olive grove in what's now the village of Iklaina, the

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

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