Cuneiform Digital Library Notes
2006:002
Three Texts from Uqair

Robert K. Englund
University of California, Berkeley
In the course of scanning work performed in March of 1996 in the Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin, three proto-cuneiform texts were discovered that should have been included with the 35 tablets published by the author as MSVO 4, 1-35, and reported there, following M. Green, ASJ 8 (1986) 77-83, as possibly from Uqair. VAT 5288-5290 bring to a total of 38 those texts that were, together with a number of other tablets, purchased by the Pergamon Museum in 1903 from the Baghdad dealer Schaûl (Akten-Nr. I 2063/03). To insure that dispersed archaic texts all appeared in a readily available form, these three and one other text had at the time been planned as a short supplement to the Erlenmeyer volume MSVO 3, now being prepared for publication by Peter Damerow and myself. In the meantime, several hundred more proto-cuneiform tablets have become available to research, due primarily to the breakdown in Iraq antiquities department security following the 1991 Kuwait war, and to the disturbing efficiency of the antiquities markets in the Middle East, Europe and the US. These three, and a series of other heretofore unpublished and unprovenienced cuneiform inscriptions will, in cursory form, be edited in the CDLN.


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CDLN 2006/2, no. 1 (=VAT 5288, 40×34×17mm)
O0101 [     ] ; [     ]
O0102 ´4N14` ; ´SUHUR` [     ] X X
O0103 ´1N14` ; SUHUR ´SUKUD+SUKUDb`
O0201 [     ] ; [     ]
R0101 ´1N1` [     ] ; [     ]
R0102 ´2N34` [     ] ; [     ]
R0201 4N34 3N14 ; BA ´SUHUR` [     ]

CDLN 2006/2, no. 2 (=VAT 5289, 37×44×17mm)
O0101 [     ] ´2N14` ; ´ŠEa BA ABa` [     ]
O0201 ´7N14` ; ´ŠEa` X [   ]
O0202 [     ] ; [     ]

CDLN 2006/2, no. 3 (=VAT 5290, 42×40×18mm)
O0101 [     ] ; [     ] ´ZATU759`
O0102 [     ] ; [     ] MUŠEN
O0201 [     ] ; [     ] ENa KISALb1
R0101 ; [     ]
R0201 ; [     ]

It is not readily apparent why Falkenstein did not include these texts in the original publication of VAM’s 1903 text acquisition (=ATU 1, 621-656), since they entered the VAT inventory with the first three numbers of the lot of 38 texts (originally 39, since VAT 5307 and 5325 join as, currently, MSVO 4, 27) under the museum numbers VAT 5288-5327. It appears that our CDLN 2006/2, no. 1, might join with the fish account MSVO 4, 10 (=VAT 5317).

ISSN 1546-6566    © Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative | Posted: 27 July 2006