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The tablets shown in the photos in this section, placed here between 2006 and 2009, are in private collections in various countries and are not offered for sale.
Most, apart from just a few which are in my own collection, were sent to me many years ago to take better photographs to aid reading of them. I placed these photos here to illustrate the types of tablet which were on the market at this time when the cuneiform reading service was launched. We very much encourage collectors to have their tablets read and to share them with academic resources. I thought that by showing how very interesting such tablets can be, this would encourage collectors to have their tablets read.
A largish URIII tablet which is the accounting for amounts of barley and wool with the silver equivalents, for several named people.
It is quite rare to find the silver equivalents written on tablets of this sort. There are the totals for one month. The date/year has not been read yet.
This tablet wil be published in due course.
58mm x 46mm. Some loss on the obverse.
A small URIII single sided administrative tablet in a very small neat hand being a note of an amount of goods for a person named Naram-ilishu.
29mm x 27mm
Another particularly well written URIII administrative document which records dates and date tree branches dispersed to a number of people including one named Ad-e2 A-NI-NI-su overseer of weavers.
40mm x 38mm
An interesting URIII tablet is a receipt for sustenance rations including barley for a person named Ur-Dumuzi and dated to the reign of Ibbi-Suen, King of Ur, son of Shu-Suen, 2028 BC -2004 BC.
54mm x 48mm
A fine large URIII tablet being concerned with amounts of barley as fodder for donkeys and for seed grain. There is mention of a town on this tablet called Diniktum. This is place which has been mentioned on a number of tablets and appears to be located at the site now called Tell Mohammed.
Small surface loss on one side and tip of one corner.
95mm x 54mm
This is rather interesting. Not totally clear if this is Old Akkadian or URIII as it's rather crudly written. This might be a writing practice by a pupil scribe or it might be a rough and quickly "scribbled" note . It is about both good quality and ordinary quality beer. No names there.
42mm x 37mm
9.17. T (N)
Another rather interesting piece. An Old Babylonian tablet used as a "tag". Has several holes visible on the flat side where it had been tied to, probably, a storage jar .The flat side also has a very feint sealing impression but cannot be read.
This tag is for some beer.
No names readable. But date is: reign of Ishme -Dagan.
55mm x 47mm. Corner reattached.
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