Until now there has been scant archaeological evidence about the Biblical tribe known as the Amorites.
They were a nomadic people who were frequent adversaries of the Israelites around 3,000 years ago.
A new research article about Amorite and Akkadian languages has found evidence of the Amorite language on a pair of ancient Babylonian tablets.
The Akkadian Empire was the first ancient empire of Mesopotamia after the long-lived civilisation of the Sumerians.
The tablets are believed to be around 4,000 years old.
One tablet is written in the Akkadian language while the researchers believe the other is written in the Amorite language which is completely different.
They say it is similar to Hebrew and Aramaic.
Many experts didn’t believe the Amorites had their own language
The tablets indicate it extended as far east as what was Mesopotamia and is now Iraq.
It’s believed the tablets were illegally taken from Iraq following the first Gulf War, three decades ago.
They were found separately in private collections in London and New York
The Amorites are said to be descended from the line of Canaan, Noah’s grandson.
As the Israelites were taking the Promised Land, Joshua warned those in the land to choose whether they would serve the one true God or the false gods of the Amorites.
The Amorites were eventually taken captive and forced into slavery under King Solomon.