One of the world’s oldest letters

Photo credit: Haaretz.

Two and a half years ago Israeli archaeologists discovered a fragment of clay depicting a letter that is believed to have been written in Jerusalem over 3,000 years ago. This makes it the oldest piece of correspondence ever found in that city.

The shard is less than one square inch in size and depicts Akkadian cuneiform. It is believed to be a letter written from the king’s court in Jerusalem to his counterparts in Egypt. I would hate to have been a letter carrier in those days. Talk about back-breaking work.