The Spurlock Museum of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (SMUI), in collaboration with the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), is pleased to present in these pages the results of a our efforts to digitize and disseminate all available documentation on SMUI’s extensive cuneiform collection. Wayne Pitard, Director of the Museum, provided the CDLI with a full concordance of the inscriptions, and Los Angeles staff began in March of 2010 with preparations for its digitization. In June, CDLI postdoctoral associate Lance Allred commenced with the capture of the collection, following procedures discussed in the methods pages of the CDLI. Raw images of Allred’s, and the subsequent work of UCLA graduate student Michael Heinle were processed to CDLI “fatcrosses” and added to the project’s existing 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
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All SMUI inscriptions sorted by museum number

All SMUI inscriptions sorted by publication

Tablets by period:

   ED IIIb period (ca. 2500-2340 BC)
   Old Akkadian 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 Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)
   Neo-Babylonian (ca. 626-539 BC)

Tablets by text genre:

   Administrative texts
   Royal/Monumental texts
   Votive texts
   Legal texts
   Mathematical texts

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The image to the right depicts, in traditional CDLI fatcross format, the text SMUI 1913.14.1210, an administrative document from the Ur III period (ca. 2100-2000 BC) with confirmation of the delivery of lumber to the “Tax agency.”

    105 beams from the docks delivered to the
    Emaš; month: “House-of-month-six” (8th
    month); year: “Šu-Suen is king” (ca. 2030 BC).

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