Archaeologists decipher ancient clay tablets to find lost city in Iraq
Clay tablets discovered in Iraqi Kurdistan have helped archaeologists locate an ancient lost city.
Archaeologists form Germany’s University of Tübingen found 92 clay tablets during an excavation in Bassetki, according to Fox News.
After studying the tablets, researchers say that the site where they were found would have been the ancient royal city of Mardaman.
The university said in a statement, “It existed between 2,200 and 1,200 years BC, was at times a kingdom or a provincial capital and was conquered and destroyed several times.”
University of Heidelberg philologist Dr. Betina Faist who studied the cuneiform on the tablets says they are “an important new contribution to the geography of Mesopotamia.”
And it’s just the latest lost city to be found in Iraq with another ancient city being found via spy satellite imagery and drones in 2017 in Northern Iraq.