Tell Mardikh (ancient Ebla) is about 35 miles southwest of Aleppo. In the years following its discovery in 1964, over 16,000 tablets and fragments, dating to the latter half of the third millennium B.C.E., were excavated. These texts are written in either Sumerian or the local Semitic language called Eblaite. See Alan Millard, “Ebla and the Bible—What’s Left (If Anything)?” BR 08:02.