We like to bitch about our times, don’t we? We say that life is too rushed and that everyone is so into their phone. We complain that communication is going downhill and that emojis are killing the conversation.
You see, archaeologists were “excavating a Hittite city on the border of Turkey and Syria.” There, they found a broken pot. When the archaeologists started trying to assemble it back together, they found what looked like the oldest smiley face in history.
According to Zuhal Uzundere Kocalar from Turkey's state-run news service, the Anadolu Agency, "The researchers did not notice the smiley face until restorers put the fragments of the round, off-white jug with a small handle and short neck back together.” Surprising? I’m sure it was.
“We have found a variety of cubes and urns. The most interesting of them is a pot dating back to 1700 BC that features an image of a 'smile' on it,” Nicolo Marchetti, an archaeology professor at the University of Bologna in Italy explained.
As Marchetti explained, “We have probably found the oldest smiley emoji. We do not know with which purpose the craftsmen drew this symbol on the pitcher, but we call it a smile.” Maybe it was a signature?
If that’s case, then things really haven’t changed much. Marchetti has been leading the seven-year long excavations at Karkemish. The short-necked pitcher is one of the most interesting artifacts found so far at the site, which has also yielded a number of urns, pots, and vases.