World’s oldest emoji is 3 700 years old


Photo: Turko-Italian Archeological Expedition, Karkemish

Emojis are not exactly new, but that they were this old…

Smithsonian reports from archeological excavations on the border between Syria and Turkey. The Hittites were early adopters of hip mugs, it turns out. The mugs were used to store a sweet drink called sherbet.

I can picture it clearly: “Buy cool sherbet-mugs for your kids at Hattusa’s bazar. Superb quality guaranteed to outlast both you and your entire civilisation!”

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