How the ancient history of Syria was “faked” was the subject of a recent symposium held in Damascus. The following article is based on an account of the symposium in the English-language Syria Times.
The Damascus symposium focused principally on the cuneiform archive found at Ebla in northwestern Syria in 1974 and 1975. The archive’s 16,000 tablets and fragments dating to the mid-third millennium B.C. are generally recognized as comprising one of the most astounding and important archaeological discoveries of the century. The tablets’ relationship and relevance to Biblical studies is a matter of fierce controversy.