A smiley face painted on an 3,700-year-old piece of pottery - What may be discovered by the Archaeologists in the world’s oldest emoji.
At an ancient city whose remains are in modern-day Turkey near the Syrian border during an excavation, archaeologists found the ancient pitcher with three visible paint strokes on it - two dots for eyes and a curve for a smile.
The pitcher, which dates to about 1700 BC, was found in a burial site beneath a house in Karkemish, said Nikolo Marchetti, associate professor at the University of Bologna in Italy.
Likely the pitched was used to drink sherbet, a sweet beverage, Marchetti was quoted as saying by 'Live Science'.
Other vases and pots were also found by the Archaeologists, as well as metal goods in the ancient city.
Translates the name Karkemish to "Quay of (the god) Kamis," a deity popular at that time in northern Syria.
The city was inhabited from the sixth millennium BC, until the late Middle Ages when it was abandoned, and populated by a string of different cultures, including the Hittites, Neo Assyrians and Romans, researchers said.