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Cuneiform Tablet, Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BCE), 2049 BCE
1 5/16 x 1 1/8 x 7/16 in. (3.3 x 2.8 x 1.1 cm)
Gift of Mr. Gordon Thompson in memory of his father, William G. Thompson, D.D., a student of Babylonian archaeology, 220.127.116.11
Currently on View
About the Object
Ur III, Lagas Sulgi 45; Barley yield of a field, as per Marcel Sigrist, "Documents from Tablet Collections in Rochester New York," 1991
Many tablets were completely covered by a clay envelope onto which their text was recopied and sealed for security. This one records royal gurs (about a bushel) of grain (she). The she sign is a stylized picture of grain.
The tablet is dated: "month of the cutting of the grain, year when Ur-bi-lum (a nearby city) was destroyed." This was 2049 BCE, under King Shulgi.
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