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2,200 Year Old Lease Literally Written In Stone

Stone tablet containing 2,200 year old lease agreement

2,000 years ago on the western coast of Turkey, the ancient Greek city of Teos stood. A Mediterranean port and center for regional commerce, Teos’s two harbors brought people and goods throughout the Anatolian region of modern Turkey. The commerce brought with it law and paperwork, although a great deal of the “paper” twenty centuries ago was actually stone. ┬áTeos is today an archaeological goldmine thanks to so many written — or chiseled — words. ┬áDiscovered this year: a 1.5 meter-long inscribed stone tablet containing a detailed 58-line commercial lease complete with a few disturbing clauses. From the Ars Technica piece on the discovery:

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