A clay tablet discovered in Turkey reveals a long-lost language from the 8th century BCE. Dr. John MacGinnis comments on the tablet:
“Altogether around 60 names are preserved. One or two are actually Assyrian and a few more may belong to other known languages of the period, such as Luwian or Hurrian, but the great majority belong to a previously unidentified language.”
Of the 59 names legible on the tablet, only 15 “belong to a language previously known to historians”.