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4,000-Year-Old Tablets with Evidence of Bronze Age Rights for Women Discovered in Turkey

18 JULY, 2015 - 21:59 ALICIA MCDERMOTT

Great finds continue to be unearthed at the Bronze Age site of Kültepe-Kaniş-Karum, in Turkey. The latest discovery includes millennia old cuneiform tablets referring to commercial interests as well as personal and social topics. Perhaps the most startling discovery is the inclusion of tablets discussing women's rights.
Kültepe-Kaniş-Karum (Kultepe) is located in Kayseri province, Turkey. It was a well-known ancient trade colony that has been of interest to archaeologists since 1948. It is estimated that approximately 70,000 people inhabited the settlement four millennia ago. Artifacts from the early and middle Bronze Age as well as the Iron Age and Ancient Greece and Rome have been discovered at this site.

As reported in the Hurriyet Daily News , when excavations began again this summer, the archaeologists were certain to find more information regarding ancient life at the expansive site of Kultepe. In a short amount of time, they have added numerous cuneiform tablets to the already immense collection of commercial tablets found in past excavations. This time however, more personal and social writing has emerged.  MORE

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