In these pages, the Michael C. Carlos Museum Emory University, and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), an international research project based at the University of California, Los Angeles, present a database of 326 inscribed objects in the Carlos collection. Following a series of e-mail communications among CDLI and Emory staff that led to the creation of an updated catalogue of inscribed artifacts, the texts were imaged in November 2012 by Nicholas Reid from CDLI’s Oxford group, employing primarily conventional CDLI flatbed scanning procedures; the heavy bricks and brick fragments were photographed separately by Reid, and professional images of the collection’s two inscribed stone pieces were made available to CDLI courtesy of the Museum. Post-capture fatcrosses were created by UCLA staff. This effort was made possible by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and is part of the on-going mission of CDLI to ensure the long-term digital preservation of ancient inscriptions on cuneiform tablets, and, in furtherance of humanities research, to provide free global access to all available text artifact data.

Introduction to the collection
Carlos Museum homepage
History of the museum


Tablets by period:

   Uruk III (ca. 3200-3000 BC)
   Early Dynastic (ca. 2800-2350 BC)
   Lagash II (ca. 2200-2100 BC)
   Ur III period (ca. 2100-2000 BC)
   Early Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1900 BC)
   Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1600 BC)
   Neo-Assyrian (ca. 911-612 BC)
   Neo-Babylonian (ca. 626-539 BC)
   Achaemenid (547-331 BC)

Tablets by text genre:

   Administrative texts
   Royal/Monumental texts
   Legal texts
   Mathematical texts
   School texts

Tablets by provenience:


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The image to the right offers a cut-out of the Carlos Museum tablet X.3.138 published by Daniel Snell in 1987; this large account records the labor activities of a group of field hands within Umma province. It dates to the end of the reign of Šulgi (ca. 2030 BC; click on the image to be directed to the text’s corresponding CDLI page).

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