May 10, 2012 16:11
Archaeologists have discovered during the excavation of a palace built in the Middle East 2,800 years ago, evidence of the existence of a previously unknown language linguists. Language is probably the culture of early Mesopotamia.
Discovery is of great historical importance, as it may shed light on the ethnic and cultural roots of the first so-called "barbarians" — the inhabitants of mountain regions in the pre-Christian era, were conquered by the large early civilizations of Mesopotamia, in the territory that is now Iraq.
Prove the existence of a forgotten language that is likely, says the hitherto unknown people who lived in the Zagros Mountains in present-day western Iran, were found by archaeologists from the University of Cambridge during the attempted interpretation of clay tablets with cuneiform inscriptions. The tablet was unearthed during the investigation of the palace of the rulers in the ancient Assyrian city of carcass, in south-eastern Turkey.
The text of the label mentioned the names of 60 women — most likely, the captives, the Assyrians captured in war or forced relocation of tribes. Dr. John McGinnis, studying the text closely, suddenly found that 45 of these names have nothing to do with the known common ancient oriental names.
Names, common in the Middle East in ancient times were generally made on the basis of full or abbreviated words with a nominal value of the local language. Found 45 names nothing in common with the Assyrians do not have.
Tablet once was in some type of ancient archives, which contained records of government decrees or economic decisions, administrative actions. Women were most likely involved in the palace with some services to business — most likely, they were engaged in weaving business. The names they were actually very strange — for example, such as Ushimanay, Alagahniya, Irsakinna or Bizunumey.
Archaeologists handed sign linguists, who are now scratching their heads over a possible combination of sounds and their sequence. To find the similarity to any known language.
Women are most likely came from the northern part of the Zagros mountains, where the Assyrians, for historical data, waged numerous wars. Languages spoken by the inhabitants of the area, still remain largely a mystery to scientists, writes The Independent. It is assumed that women were captured during one of the raids of the Assyrian ruler Tiglath III or Zargona in the eighth century BC.