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Smiley faces have been a part of society long before emojis made them part of everyday communication. However, a new discovery in Turkey reveals that the smiley face may have been in use centuries before previously thought.

The discovery was made in Gaziantep at the border between Turkey and Syria. A team of Turkish and Italian archeologists were exploring in the area and had already unearthed a variety of ancient vases and pots during their expedition. But they highlighted a pitcher that was once used for a sweet drink called sherbet, with the pitcher dating back to 1,700 B.C. The pitcher had the faded but easily detectible outline of two eyes and a smile, familiar to modern-day man as a smiley face. Experts can only speculate about the reason for the smiley face, but they’re calling it the earliest-known smiley emoji.

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