Columbia University Libraries (CUL) and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) are pleased to present in these pages the results of a cooperative effort to digitize and disseminate all available documentation on its extensive cuneiform collection. Jane Siegel, Rare Book Librarian at Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, provided the CDLI with a full concordance of the inscriptions, and Los Angeles staff began in March of this year with preparations for its capture. In June, UCLA graduate student Jared Wolfe scanned the collection following procedures discussed in the methods pages of the CDLI. The raw images of that work were processed to CDLI “fatcrosses” and added to the project’s exsiting web content on the text artifacts, including catalogue data and in many cases transliterations. We are grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon foundation for funding that made this successful collaboration possible.

Introduction to the collection
CUL RBML homepage


All CUL inscriptions sorted by museum number

All CUL inscriptions sorted by publication

Tablets by period:

   Proto-Elamite period (ca. 3100-2900 BC)
   ED IIIb period (ca. 2500-2340 BC)
   Lagash II period (ca. 2200-2100 BC)
   Ur III period (ca. 2100-2000 BC)
   Early Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1900 BC)
   Old Assyrian (ca. 1950-1850 BC)
   Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1600 BC)
   Neo-Babylonian (ca. 626-539 BC)

Tablets by text genre:

   Administrative texts
   Lexical texts
   School texts
   Mathematical texts
   Royal/Monumental texts

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The image to the right displays a cutout from CULC 460, the famous mathematical text Plimpton 322 that dates to the Old Babylonian period (ca. 1800 BC). Displayed are several lines from the second column of the text of Pythagorean triples.

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