In these pages, the Semitic Museum at Harvard University (SM) and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), an international research project based at the University of California, Los Angeles, present a database of some 4710 cuneiform text artifacts in the SM collection. An electronic catalogue of the full collection was provided by Richard J. Saley and Adam Aja (Assistant Curator of Collections, SM) for CDLI processing and ingest, and, with support of the Mellon Foundation funded collaboration Creating a Sustainable Digital Cuneiform Library, the cuneiform texts were digitized by UCLA staff members Lance Allred and Michael Heinle.

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Tablets by period:

   Late Uruk (ca. 3400-3000 BC)
   Early Dynastic IIIb (ca. 2500-2350 BC)
   Old Akkadian (ca. 2350-2200 BC)
   Lagash II (ca. 2200-2100 BC)
   Ur III period (ca. 2100-2000 BC)
   Old Assyrian (ca. 2000-1850 BC)
   Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)
   Middle Babylonian (ca. 1600-1000 BC)
   Hittite (ca. 1400-1200 BC)
   neo-Assyrian (ca. 900-600 BC)
   neo-Babylonian (ca. 600-550 BC)
   Achaemenid (ca. 550-330 BC)
   Hellenistic (ca. 330-200 BC)

Tablets by text genre:

   Administrative texts
   Legal texts
   School texts
   Literary texts
   Ritual texts
   Royal/Monumental texts

Tablets by provenience:

   Babylon    Boghazkoy    Borsippa    Drehem    Gasur    Girsu    Irisagrig    Jemdet Nasr    Kültepe    Larsa
   Nimrud    Nippur    Nuzi    Sippar
   Umma    Ur    Uruk    uncertain

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The Semitic Museum tablet to the right (SM 1909.05.281) contains an account of the Ur III period (ca. 2100-2000 BC) recording the activities of a trade agent from Tello, ancient Girsu (click image to be directed to the text’s corresponding CDLI page).


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and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative