Ancient clay tablets used to find lost Bronze Age cities

Mapped trade routes created by Harvard University researchers based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, place Assyrian hubs hundreds of miles from previous estimates.

Ancient clay tablets are being used to track down lost Bronze Age cities in Turkey.A stockpile of 12,000 trade accounts left by Assyrian merchants in the 19th Century BC has been used to find half a dozen locations.The researchers used mathematical models based on the prices of goods and the frequency of trips between trade hubs to pinpoint where the cities once stood.Some of the coordinates, calculated by a team led by Harvard University researchers, place Assyrian cities hundreds of miles f...