Archeologists have discovered an ancient clay chip that bears the oldest text ever found in Jerusalem, Israeli researchers said Monday.
The tiny clay fragment, dating back some 3,400 years, is covered with cuneiform script.
The clay fragment was discovered during an excavation of a tower built around the period of King Solomon, near the southern wall of the Old City of Jerusalem, The Hebrew University announced in a press release.
The fragment was written by a highly skilled scribe that probably prepared tablets for the royal house of the time, said Wayne Horowitz, a scholar of Assyriology at Hebrew University Institute of Archeology, who helped decipher the script.
I wonder what language this is. Is it an ancient form of Hebrew? Babylonian?
its sumerian duh!
I think it is worthless, unless we get to know what it says.
I think this is awesome its so cool we found this!!!!!!!
Translation: "This family walks into a theatrical agent's office - mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, Junior, Sis, and the dog... [indecipherable]..."
Let the record show that the Caananites were the first human species in the area taking over from the local Neaderthals. Should we clone some Neanderthals and give them back their land of milk and honey? Sounds only fair!!!
Only if they can drop the price in our current markets on honey and milk.
So what does it say?
Interestingly, the most common words on cuneiform tablets like this were bread and beer. Seriously. The earliest known writings were a means of keeping payment and taxation records for the Sumerians. People worked for food and beer and rations were mainly delivered in the form of beer and bread. One of the earliest known recipes every written down was for beer. Hops were not introduced for many years afterward, so this beer would taste odd to us, but still...come on...is there such a thing has bad beer? To me it's all differing degrees of goodness.
I wouldn't know the varrying degrees of goodness regarding drink :S
Ego – there's a really good book called The History of the World in Six Glasses that dedicates its entire first chapter to the history of beer in the Fertile Crescent. Very interesting topic. I love beer, for the record.
My comment got dropped :(. I said I'm currently still reading a book on the Ancient Near East, so I'll have to put the Six Glasses on my waiting list. But I wonder how the conversation of wine to water would be altered by that read.
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