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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.


  • Cuneiform tablets and even small fragments are essentially important documents and if you own a tablet or fragment it's important to know what the writing is about otherwise it's only a lump of clay with ancient marks on it!
  • You can arrange for a reading, a full transliteration and translation  or just basic reading to  find out the gist of the text.




9.17.095 (N)


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









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


9.17.OA (N)

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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