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Unknown, Sumerian

Cuneiform Tablet, Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BCE), 2049 BCE
Sumerian Ceramics
Clay
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,  54.58.4.1

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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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