(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.
On the other hand, Mesopotamia, Syria, Philistia, and other Ancient Near Eastern lands are frequently no more than names to our students, and they are likely to be unaware of Hatti or Nuzi or Mari or yet other places in the East.