Unknown language found stamped in ancient clay tablet

In deciphering the tablet seen above, John MacGinnis of the University of Cambridge found that many of the names on the list are not from any currently known ancient language. One or two are actually Assyrian and a few more may belong to other known languages of the period, such as Luwian or Hurrian, he says, but the great majority belong to a previously unidentified language.

MacGinnis thinks that the names are from a language that originated in modern-day western Iran and was transported to Tušhan, now in south-east Turkey, with the people who were deported there to work in agriculture or construction — via New Scientist

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