In these pages, the University of California at Berkeley and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), an international research project based at the University of California, Los Angeles, present a database of the 974 inscribed objects in the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. The cuneiform tablets here were digitized and much of the metadata was entered by John Carnahan, research assistant at UC Berkeley. The digitization of the collection was funded in part by CITRIS.

Introduction to the collection
HMA homepage


Tablets by period:

   Early Dynastic (ca. 2600-2350 BC)
   Old Akkadian (ca. 2350-2200 BC)
   Ur III period (ca. 2100-2000 BC)
   Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1600 BC)
   Middle Babylonian (ca. 1500-1000 BC)
   Neo-Assyrian (ca. 1000-600 BC)
   Neo-Babylonian (ca. 1000-540 BC)
   Achaemenid (539-331 BC)
   Uncertain date

Tablets by text genre:

   Administrative texts
   Literary texts
   Legal texts
   Lexical texts
   Royal/Monumental texts

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The tablet to the right (HMA 9-02705) contains an account from the southern city of Umma, modern Djokha, dated to the end of the reign of Šulgi (ca. 2050 BC). The text records the productive activities of a group of flax farmers otherwise well known from two large tablets recording similar activies from the 6th and 7th regnal years of Šulgi’s son and successor Amar-Suen (click on the image to be directed to the text’s corresponding CDLI page).


A cooperative effort of the Hearst Museum of Anthropology
and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative