In these pages, the Semitic Museum at Harvard University (SM) and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), an international research project based at the University of California, Los Angeles, present a database of nearly 4900 inscribed objects in the SM collection. An electronic catalogue of the full collection was provided by Richard J. Saley and Adam Aja (Assistant Curator of Collections, SM) for CDLI processing and ingest, and the cuneiform text-artifacts are in the process of being digitized by Lance Allred, lead UCLA postdoctoral researcher of the Mellon Foundation-funded project Creating a Sustainable Digital Cuneiform Library.

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Tablets by period:

   Late Uruk (ca. 3400-3000 BC)
   Early Dynastic IIIb (ca. 2500-2350 BC)
   Old Akkadian (ca. 2350-2200 BC)
   Lagash II (ca. 2200-2100 BC)
   Ur III period (ca. 2100-2000 BC)
   Old Assyrian (ca. 2000-1850 BC)
   Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)
   Middle Babylonian (ca. 1600-1000 BC)
   Middle Assyrian (ca. 1400-1000 BC)
   Hittite (ca. 1400-1200 BC)
   neo-Assyrian (ca. 900-600 BC)
   neo-Babylonian (ca. 600-550 BC)
   Achaemenid (ca. 550-330 BC)
   Hellenistic (ca. 330-200 BC)

Tablets by text genre:

   Administrative texts
   Legal texts
   Lexical texts
   School texts
   Literary texts
   Ritual texts
   Royal/Monumental texts

Tablets by provenience:

   Babylon    Boghazkoy    Borsippa    Drehem    Fara    Girsu    Irisagrig    Jemdet Nasr    Kültepe    Larsa
   Nimrud    Nippur    Nuzi    Sippar
   Umma    Ur    Uruk    Wilayah

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The Semitic Museum tablet to the right (SM 1395) contains an account of the Ur III period (ca. 2100-2000 BC) recording the activities of a troop of millers in Tello, ancient Girsu.


  A cooperative effort of the Semitic Museum, Harvard University
and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative