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Previously unknown ancient language discovered on clay tablets.
05-10-2012, 03:26 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Archaeologists have discovered evidence for a previously unknown ancient language – buried in the ruins of a 2800 year old Middle Eastern palace.

Evidence of the long-lost language - probably spoken by a hitherto unknown people from the Zagros Mountains of western Iran – was found by a Cambridge University archaeologist as he deciphered an ancient clay writing tablet unearthed by an international archaeological team excavating an Assyrian imperial governors’ palace in the ancient city of Tushan, south-east Turkey.

The tablet revealed the names of 60 women – probably prisoners-of-war or victims of an Assyrian forced population transfer programme. 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.

Because ancient Middle Eastern names are normally composites, made-up, in full or abbreviated form, of ordinary words in the relevant local lexicon, the unique nature of the tablet’s 45 mystery names is seen by scholars as evidence of a previously unknown language.

Read more at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/scienc...28894.html
05-10-2012, 03:50 PM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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That and however many thousands of languages and entire civilizations we have yet to discover. Good find!

05-10-2012, 03:55 PM #3
Shadow Incognito Anonymous
That's pretty cool!
05-12-2012, 05:53 AM #4
Kreeper Griobhtha
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They say that when we die that all things are revealed to us. I can't wait to see the true and complete history of the world.

I will also be very interested to find out what happens to all those socks that vanish in the wash.


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05-12-2012, 04:10 PM #5
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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Names are one thing and could possibly be unique.

How about grammar and syntax? Seems that would be a helluva lot more relevant. But, wtf do I know...
05-12-2012, 05:34 PM #6
Kreeper Griobhtha
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I agree, by the way. The names could be nothing more that some... ummmm... "unique" individual that feelt it was great to give your kid some made up, bullshit name. We see that still today.


Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to poor
05-13-2012, 03:57 AM #7
Cynicalabsurdance Member
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those socks all showed up on a drift log floating past my sailboat,,,

they confessed that living on a foot, with a mate that is a twin,,,,

was just too ğkking much,,,

they are hoping to get to the Southern Islands,,,,,,,,,

where people do not wear socks,,,

nor play foot ball,,,

give the socks a break,,,, i'd be pissed if i had to go through
what they put up with each day.
05-13-2012, 06:13 PM #8
Kreeper Griobhtha
Posts:10,571 Threads:698 Joined:Feb 2011
Those short sighted socks are just not seeing the big picture. They could have been used condoms. Then again, some of them kinda were.


Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to poor



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