U of T researchers shed light on ancient Assyrian tabletsAnd this article in the Montreal Gazette has a photo of some of the fragments.
A cache of cuneiform tablets unearthed by a team led by a University of Toronto archaeologist has been found to contain a largely intact Assyrian treaty from the early 7th century BCE.
"The tablet is quite spectacular. It records a treaty — or covenant — between Esarhaddon, King of the Assyrian Empire and a secondary ruler who acknowledged Assyrian power. The treaty was confirmed in 672 BCE at elaborate ceremonies held in the Assyrian royal city of Nimrud (ancient Kalhu). In the text, the ruler vows to recognize the authority of Esarhaddon's successor, his son Ashurbanipal," said Timothy Harrison, professor of near eastern archaeology in the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations and director of U of T's Tayinat Archaeological Project (TAP).
Friday, April 09, 2010
More on the new Assyrian Vassal Treaty tablet
MORE ON THE NEW ASSYRIAN VASSAL TREATY TABLET. The University of Toronto has a press release: