An approximately 4,000-year old tablet of the Bronze Age was unearthed by a group of historians recently. According to the historians, the tablet was used by merchants for trades, business, contracts and even as the marriage certificate. But what’s fascinating is that these tablets even reveal the location of 11 lost cities!
Engraved in cuneiform script, the tablets are said to be of the earliest writing systems. The tablets were found in the primaeval city of Kanesh, what we call today as Turkey, according to the Washington Post. Merchants from the middle eastern Assyrian kingdom were the ones to inscribe.
Gajko Barjamovic, a senior lecturer on Assyriology of Harvard University, along with three other economic experts studied the trade shipment documents and were able to figure out the location of some of the lost cities.
The clay tablets display the around 11 ancient cities, some of which have been discovered while others are still unknown.
Approximately, 12,000 tablets were translated by the Gajko’s group and found features of 26 cities. 15 out of these were already known but 11 cities are yet to be discovered.
Unfortunately, because the artefacts are so aged, the exact coordinates of the location could not be figured out. But if the experts are to be believed, the rough location could still be traced.
The researchers and experts are making use of the 'structural gravity model' to pinpoint the location based on the coordinates. The methodology works best since the artefacts pointed out how close the places were because of the trading network. So ultimately it meant, cities which were close together, traded frequently.
The researchers wrote: "For a majority of the lost cities, our quantitative estimates come remarkably close to the qualitative conjectures produced by historians, corroborating both such historical models and our purely quantitative method.
"Moreover, in some cases where historians disagree on the likely location of a lost city, our quantitative method supports the conjecture of some historians and rejects that of others."
Of course, the system will only be proven - or disproven - when the time comes to try and discover these lost cities.
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