See “Ancient Royal Library Found,” BAR 02:02; Queries & Comments, BAR 02:03; and “The Promise of Ebla,” BAR 02:04. History may not record that these articles appeared earlier than other publications, but scholarly journals, unlike BAR, frequently appear much later than they are dated. For example, as of this writing (January 1978), the most recent issue of the Biblical Archaeologist to appear is September 1976. When the next issue appears, it will be dated December 1976!