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Dictionary Tablet, 18th century BCE

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A dictionary tablet was found in a dump where dirt from earlier excavations had been discarded. The cuneiform text impressed into the clay proved to be part of an ancient foreign language dictionary—translating terms from Akkadian, the diplomatic lingua franca of the eastern Mediterranean world in the Middle and Late Bronze Ages, into Sumerian.

“Voices from Hazor,” BAR May-June 1999.

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