Philologists specializing in Old Assyrian cuneiform studies tend to make a distinction between “old” and “new” tablets. The difference between the two has nothing to do with the age of the documents themselves, but rather pertains to when and by whom they were discovered. Prior to the first sanctioned excavations at Kültepe (ancient Kaneš) in 1948 (led by Bedřich Hrozný), illegally obtained tablets from this site had already entered the antiquity market. These texts, with their archaeological context forever lost, are generally called “old tablets” and the excavated ones “new.” It appears to be pure coincidence that many of the illegally collected tablets contain information regarding some of the most important Assyrian traders that lived within the small colony of merchants (kārum) at Kaneš. As a result, some work has been done over the years to reconstruct these archives, with monographs appearing on persons such as Pūšu-kēn, Imdīlum,...

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