mesopotamians by they might be giants

Most parents are fearful of what their children might find on the internet. So when my daughter, Talitha, came and told me that she had a question about a strange video she had found on the internet that had some strange names she had never heard before, I was preparing to tell my daughter how there are some things on the internet that are simply not good. But imagine my surprise when she began asking about people named Sargon, Hammurabi, Ashurbanipal, and Gilgamesh! I thought perhaps she has stumbled upon a joint lecture by UCLA Assyriologists Drs. Elizabeth Carter and Robert Englund on iTunes U. But no, she had, in fact, found the new song, “The Mesopotamians,” by They Might Be Giants.

They Might Be Giants writes some of the best educational, clever, and outright hilarious songs ever written. If you haven’t heard their latest, give it a try.

report: cuneiform tablet preserving portion of a law code discovered at hazor

Tel Hazor, IsraelWhere was this in 2006 when I was digging there? lol.

Potentially great news: according to Dr. Jack Sasson:

Hazor Law Code Fragments

The Selz Foundation Hazor Excavations in Memory of Yigael Yadin have
recovered two fragments of a cuneiform tablet preserving portions of a
law code at Hazor.

The text parallels portions of the famous Law Code of Hammurabi, and,
to a certain extent even the Biblical “tooth for a tooth”. The team is
presently working its way down towards a monumental structure dating
to the Bronze Age, where more tablets are expected to be found.

The tablet is currently being studied at the Hebrew University. More
details to follow as soon as possible.

The excavations are sponsored by the Hebrew university and the Israel
Exploration Society, and take place in the Hazor National Park.

Now this has the potential of being something big. Drs. Amnon Ben-Tor, Sharon Zuckerman, and the excavation team have been looking for some sort of text archive for some time there. But to uncover a law code, well, that will get scholars and sensationalists alike buzzing.

Congrats to the excavators. Now that the story has broken, I’d love to see some photographs and some preliminary comments from the excavation team. A blog would be a great way to show some images to scholars and get their initial feedback.

The next question is: how long until a major news outlet gives us some sensationalist headline like ‘Biblical Law Code Found in Israel’ or ’10 Commandments Discovered?’ and who will be the guilty party?

More on the Hazor excavation here.

UPDATE:  See photos here.

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