He and his team uncovered a clay cuneiform tablet with a list of women’s names, most of which belong to a so-far unidentified language. One theory being explored is that it is Shubrian – the indigenous language spoken in the Tušhan area – and that the women were brought in from this part of the empire for service in the Assyrian court. See www.world-archaeology.com for the full story, and links to Before the Flood: startling finds from the Tigris Basin (CWA 50).
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