A group of archaeologists from Stanford and Harvard Universities have identified 11 lost cities using clay tablets, dated 4,000 years ago, created by traders of the Assyrian empire.
So, if you are one of those people who love ancient mysteries, stay here. The information you will read below is full of facts that will captivate you and make you want to know more about it.
Facts about the tablets
The tablets with their 12,000 texts were found in an excavation at the archaeological site of Kültepe, in the city of Kanesh, in present-day Turkey. They detail the trading posts located in the Middle Eastern kingdom of Assyria.
Once the texts were decrypted, the information left the archaeologists completely astonished, as they realized that more urban centers were named than were known until now.
What did the tablet reveal?
After a meticulous translation of these ancient clay texts, the researchers found mysterious locations. But no, not just any locations, they were 11 ancient cities.
And this revelation is interesting, because the record of these cities had been lost. Thankfully, 11 cities were discovered after years and perhaps centuries of being lost in time.
They also included additional information
They were written in an old cuneiform alphabet, and according to history they were created by ancient Sumerians.
In addition, there were certain documents such as commercial transactions, accounts, stamps, contracts and even marriage certificates.
This information was a single occurrence that defined the whole line of knowledge we have about that period so far.