Italian archeologists working in Iraq have found a trove of ancient stone tablets from the fabled civilisation of Ur .
The tablets bear around 500 engravings of a literary and historical nature, according to team leader Silvia Chiodi .
"This is an an exceptional find," she said, noting that the area in question had previously only yielded prehistoric artefacts .
She said the tablets, made of clay and bitumen, were discovered by chance at an archaeological site not far from the location of the ancient city .
Friday, March 31, 2006
Italians find ancient Ur tablets