Oriental Institute

Oriental Institute

Oriental Institute
Nippur Expedition 12
III: Events
A joint archaeological expedition of the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania in the city of Nippur in Iraq recovered a cache of more than 900 clay tablets written in Sumerian, which date from the latter half of the 18th century BCE, during and after the reign of the lawgiver, Hammurabi. The find, retrieved from the room at the upper right, adds more than 10 percent to the number of known Sumerian tablets. It is also exceptionally valuable for the insight the tablets contain concerning the spiritual and philosophical beliefs of the period.
Nippur (Extinct city)--Antiquities | Scribes (People) | Dwellings--Iraq--Nippur (Extinct city) | Cuneiform tablets--Iraq | Sumerian language--Texts | Excavations (Archaeology)--Iraq
Photographic prints; 11.7 x 16.5 cm
Archival Photographic Files
University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center

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