The Hittite empire left behind neither pyramids nor mummies, but it did leave a paper trail in the form of thousands of cuneiform tablets. These clay tablets, once vital to the administration of the Hittite state, cover topics ranging from royal history and religion to diplomatic and property issues. Hittitologist Theo van den Hout of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago discusses what can be learned not only from the content of the tablets, but from their location in the ruins of the Hittite capital, Hattusa. He explains the difference between archives and libraries, and how this distinction provides clues to the workings of the empire. What emerges is a picture of a lively bureaucracy buried not only by the sands of time, but by 'paperwork.' Copyright 2002 The University of Chicago.