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Unknown language found on ancient tablet

Posted on Sunday, 13 May, 2012 | Comment icon 18 comments | News tip by: questionmark

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Names inscribed on an ancient tablet in cuneiform characters appear to be from an unknown language.

Dating back to 700 BC, the tablet was retrieved from the site of the Ziyaret Tepe palace in the ancient Assyrian city of Tušhan. Examinations of the tablet revealed that several of the names inscribed are written in a language that has never been seen before. "One or two are actually Assyrian and a few more may belong to other known languages of the period, such as Luwian or Hurrian," said John MacGinnis, "but the great majority belong to a previously unidentified language."

"Your homeland has been taken over by a foreign power."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by esperwolf on 13 May, 2012, 18:55
How delightful a new language. Put it right next to Extruscan which is also from 700BC.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Xanthurion2 on 14 May, 2012, 4:06
Comment icon #11 Posted by dharma warrior on 14 May, 2012, 5:13
The top line reads..... Pulu si bagumba! The list of names appears to be the passengers and crew of the S.S. Minnow. The mystery deepens!
Comment icon #12 Posted by csspwns on 14 May, 2012, 5:26
Comment icon #13 Posted by stevemagegod on 15 May, 2012, 3:06
Its the language of Aliens
Comment icon #14 Posted by the L on 29 May, 2012, 18:54
I have interesting idea. Maybe it was Gutian language? Gutians and their language are mystery of that area...
Comment icon #15 Posted by the L on 29 May, 2012, 19:01
Comment icon #16 Posted by esperwolf on 2 June, 2012, 19:02
That is an idea. Indeed very little is know about Gutian's so finding a record that they created would be a great discovery. Maybe it is a legend they told, or prof that they were not as barbaric as we originally thought.
Comment icon #17 Posted by the L on 9 June, 2012, 19:48
That is an idea. Indeed very little is know about Gutian's so finding a record that they created would be a great discovery. Maybe it is a legend they told, or prof that they were not as barbaric as we originally thought. Im sure others were Barbarians to Gutians too. Yes Gutians are mystery.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Andromedan StarSeed on 12 June, 2012, 20:37
Nice find that’s one lovely ancient language not many has found due to destructions’ form past when many wars and the lost old knowledge usely been written in clay tablets to stone tablets that are place for an reason its like how man makes books and etc in past. Those languages is inter mix more then one language combine as for example like how English gathers words and changed it over the years.

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