In the late 1990’s, Stephen Osman of Minneapolis, Minnesota, purchased a small cuneiform tablet at a local estate sale. The purchase price was five dollars. Through a generous and informative correspondence with the owner, I am able to offer below the text from Ur III Umma in line art copy, transliteration and translation. It dates to the 6th month of Amar-Suen 4 (thus late fall, ca. 2040 BC), and measures 37 x 37 x 16mm.
|obv.||2(barig) še-ba ⌜lugal⌝||2(barig, ca. 120 liters) of ration barley (according to the)
|ki na-ba-sa2-ta||from Nabasa,|
|kišib a-da-ga||sealed document of Adaga.|
|iti šu-numun||Month: “Sowing” (6th month, Umma calendar).|
|rev.||⌜mu en dnanna maš-e i3-pa3⌝||Year: “The en-priestess of Nanna was chosen through
extispicy” (Amar-Suen 4).
|ARAD2-zu||is your servant.|
UTI 3, 1630, offered only a partial fit to a credit entry of the large account Erlenmeyer 152, as noted in CDLJ 2003:1 §16. Since there was a difference of 42 workdays between the two records, and since Erlenmeyer 152 indicated that its scribe was looking at two sealed documents for this entry, I stated that “the second [missing] sealed tablet is a copy of this one, exchanging 42 for 2.15 in the first line.” A recent publication of Ur III tablets in the British Museum by Tohru Ozaki and Marcel Sigrist (BPOA 1; Madrid 2006) contains the missing receipt in number 608 (=BM 106886), though in a form slightly more complex than initially suspected:
|UTI 3, 1630||BPOA 1, 608||Erl. 152 obv. v 21-23|
|6 guruš u4 1-še3|
|a2 mu iti-da|
|2.15 guruš u4 1-še3||12 guruš u4 3-še3||2.57 guruš u4 1-še3|
|a-ša3-ge a du11-ga||a-ša3-ge a du11-ga||a-ša3-ge a du11-ga|
|a-ša3 dšara2-gu2-gal||a-ša3 dšara2-gu2-gal||a-ša3 dšara2-gu2-gal|
|ugula lu2-dšara2||ugula lu2-dšara2|
|kišib a-gu-gu||kišib a-gu-gu||kišib 2 a-gu-gu|
|mu ma2 den-ki ba-ab-du8||mu ma2 den-ki ba-ab-du8|
|seal legend||seal legend|
|dumu da-da||dumu da-da|
While the result is as anticipated (6 + (12×3) = 42), the new text separates from a three-day work period of 12 laborers a six-workday period described as a2 mu iti-da (unclear to me).
A second partial primary document hit for our Erlenmeyer 152 is BPOA 1, 767 (=BM 107053), corresponding to Erl. 152, obv. iv 19 - v 1 (below). Both new texts were dated to the 9th month of the year of Erl. 152 (SS 2; note to CDLJ 2003:1, n. 34 and correct v 1 to kišib ⌜2⌝! lu2-gi-na), as was Princeton 1, 380, that exhibited similar irregularities (CDLJ 2003:1, n. 19).
|BPOA 1, 767||Erl. 152 obv. iv 19 - v 1|
|10 guruš u4 1-še3||⌜10⌝ guruš u4 1-še3|
|kuša-ga2-la2 keš2-ra2||kuša-ga2-la2 ⌜keš2⌝-ra2|
|ma2-da-ga ma2 a-pi4-sal4ki -ta||ma2-da-ga ma2-a gar [a]-⌜pi4⌝-sal4ki -ta|
|ka gir13:giz-še3||ka gir13-giz-še3|
|ma2 gid2-da||⌜ma2⌝ gid2-da|
|u3 ma2 gur-ra||u3 ma2 gur-ra|
|kišib lu2-gi-na||kišib ⌜2⌝! lu2-gi-na|
|mu ma2 den-ki ba-ab-du8|