(no͞o`zē), site near Kirkuk, N Iraq. Thousands of clay tablets unearthed there bear inscriptions said to have been made by the Horims (or Horites) of the Bible. The tablets, which are in Akkadian, reveal much about ancient laws and customs.
That interpretation is based on an analysis of a 3,300-year-old clay ball found at a site in Mesopotamia named Nuzi that had 49 pebbles and a cuneiform text containing a contract commanding a shepherd to care for 49 sheep and goats.
An alternative explanation of Laban's prominence in the story comes via evidence in the Nuzi archives regarding the institution of "fratriarchy," in which it was the brother who ruled the clan in the father's place.
These records include the date stones found at Eridu (Gillet 1981: 318), as well as date-palm wood from the `Ubaid 4 levels at Tell El'Oueili (Neef 1991), Nippur (McCown & Haines 1967: 36-7, plate 40A), Nuzi (Starr 1939: 494) and the Neo-Babylonian ziggurat at Larsa (Neef 1989: 151).