Barbarians don't get a lot of respect but a previously unknown ancient language buried in the ruins of a 2,800-year-old Middle Eastern palace may get them some.
Evidence of the long-lost language, probably spoken by a hitherto unknown people from the Zagros Mountains of western Ira, was translated to reveal the names of 60 women – probably prisoners-of-war or victims of an Assyrian forced population transfer program. But when the Cambridge archaeologist – Dr. John MacGinnis - began to examine the names in detail, he realized that 45 of them bore no resemblance to any of the thousands of ancient Middle Eastern names already known to scholars.
8th century B.C. Assyrian clay tablet with 45 mystery names written in cuneiform script. Link: The Independent.
Ancient language discovered on clay tablets found amid ruins of 2800 year old Middle Eastern palace by David Keys, The Independent
- PHYSICAL SCIENCES
- EARTH SCIENCES
- LIFE SCIENCES
- SOCIAL SCIENCES
Subscribe to the newsletter
Stay in touch with the scientific world!
Know Science And Want To Write?
- Outsourcing: 3 Ways To Stop Medical Research Brain Drain
- Helicopter Parenting: Good For Your Pets, Bad For Your Kids
- Why Climate Scientists Shouldn't Testify Before Congress
- Cometary Globule CG4 - From God's Hand To The Mouth Of The Beast
- Hope For Headshaking In Horses
- Adult Stem Cells Used To Grow New Hair
- Soup From A Can Does Not Create Risk From BPA
- "I once heard that the FDA was Milton Friedman's prime example of bureaucracy run amok. He would..."
- "... we have come to know a lot about interest groupsʼ smoothly oiled denial campaign to influence..."
- "None of this makes any sense but your use of the term allopathic smacks of homeopathy and other..."
- "you guys are a bunch of fruadsters... geeze..."
- "This author failed to mention a gap report last year which found modest correlation between disease..."