In present day southeast Turkey, clay tablets were discovered in an ancient palace. The tablets were inscribed with cuneiform, the common written language of the early Middle East. The tablets were made by scribes in the royal courts; they were taking notes on intricate parts of the Assyrian government never before known. The tablets are dated back 3,000 years to 1000 B.C.E. This creates a link between governments of today, to those of ancient empires. While these tablets are being deciphered, archeologists can only image what other details they contain. These tablets could be used to look more deeply at the Assyrian empire, looking past their brute force that would often display by putting the head of conquered leaders at the gates of a conquered city.