Discovery of Large Ancient Mesopotamian Library

Archeologists uncovered an massive library archive containing some 23,600 clay tablets, dated between 2285 and 1755 BCE, at the site of the ancient Mesopotamian city in Tall Hariri, Syria in 1933.

      2285 BCE
      Tall Hariri, Syria

Additional Information:

  • Library of Ashurbanipal – Wikipedia
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