3,350 yr old document exposed in Jerusalem

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Jerusalem, Jul 12: In Jerusalem, capital of Israel, a tiny clay fragment dating 3,350-year-old was discovered during excavations.

According to the Hebrew University and various researchers this is the oldest written document ever found in the holy city.

Measuring 2.8 centimeters in size and one centimeter thick, was exposed during sifting of fill excavated from beneath a 10th century BC tower of the Jerusalem city.

It contains cuneiform symbols and displomatic messages like "you, you were, later, to do, and them," in ancient Akkadian, the bridge language of 14th century BC.

According to the researchers the script on the tablet is of a very high level and was most likely prepared by a skilled scribe.

The most ancient written record previously found in Jerusalem was a tablet found in an 8th century BC water tunnel, located in the Old City of Jerusalem.

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