Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Ancient Tablets Decoded; Sheding Light on Assyrian Empire


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.
JT Janowski
Period 7

2 comments:

Tamara E. said...

It's amazing how the tablets have minimal damage and are abled to be decoded. It would be interesting to find out what they said about the Assyrian government.

Niki said...

I loved the chapters when we focused on the empires in the fertile crescent. Its always interesting to know what historians have figured out and what they don't really know about ancient civilizations. I wonder if their government will actually turn out to be similar to ours.