One of the Amarna Letters from a man or place called Alashiya. in the middle and late bronze age there was a state called Alashiya. located Eastern Mediterranean. It is referred to in a number of texts, and now thought to be the ancient name of Cyprus,, This is what scientist believe the clay tablets came from. Cyprus is an island in the east Mediterranean Sea. south of Turkey west of Syria and Lebanon and NW of Israel and the Gaza strip. noth of Egypt and east of Greece.