This tablet, to be published by J. N. Reid, deals with a variety of workers. Like other texts, the account records workers present, missing (nu) and dead (uš2). Some of the workers have been dedicated to temple households (a-ru-a). The perserved part of the final column contains the following sub-total:
together: 14 male laborers (Sumerian guruš) at 1 barig (ca. 60 liters of grain) each;
together: 2 male laborers at 5 ban2 (ca. 50 liters of grain) each,
together: 24 male laborers at 4 ban2 (ca. 40 liters of grain) each,
together: 2 female laborers at 3 ban2 (ca. 30 liters of grain) each,
together: 1 child laborer at 2 ban2 (ca. 20 liters of grain),
together: 1 child laborer at 1 ban2 (ca. 10 liters of grain),
are the nudaba laborers;
together: 2 male laborers at 1 barig (ca. 60 liters of grain) each,
together: 1 male laborer at 5 ban2 (ca. 50 liters of grain),
are the dead laborers;
(they are of) the household of Amar-Suen.
A similar but larger total of a different household can be found in the second column of the reverse (e2 dnin-marki, demonstrating that the text originated in Girsu). The administrators divided the workers according to the designations nu-dab5-ba-me (ones who have not been seized) and the ba-uš2-me (in most cases to be translated as deceased workers). The best parallel to this large account found in the published Ur III corpus appears to be another joined UK artifact recently presented in cdli tablet by Oxford postdoctoral associate K. Wagensonner, the British Museum & Rylands Library account CST 881+ (app entry: 2013-06-26). Unfortunately, the date of our text would have been located in the missing half of the final column of the reverse, but it would most likely have derived from the reign of Amar-Suen. How these royal households were constituted in Girsu during the reign of individual monarchs—no small task given the conservative nature of provincial politics economies under rule from southern Ur—is a topic for future research.
CDLI entry: P453060