Oriental Institute

Oriental Institute

Oriental Institute
Nippur Expedition 13
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. Team members found the first tablets, which had been used as bricks in the construction of a small box, in the wall to the left of the paintbrush marker. A large tablet, cracked and consequently coated with wax to hold it together prior to baking, lies to the right of the brush marker on top of a ledge. Scale is one meter.
Nippur (Extinct city)--Antiquities | Sumerian language--Texts | Dwellings--Iraq--Nippur (Extinct city) | Cuneiform tablets--Iraq | Excavations (Archaeology)--Iraq
Photographic prints; 11.5 x 16.5 cm
Archival Photographic Files
University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center

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