In these pages, the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), an international research project based at the University of California, Los Angeles, presents a database of nearly 10,400 inscribed objects in the National Museum of Iraq collection. The cuneiform tablets here were digitized, using either originals in Baghdad, or published line art copies, following the standard conventions of the CDLI. The full catalog of the collection, including transliterations and translations of the texts, and word and sign glossaries is currently under construction. We express our gratitude to the National Endowment for the Humanites for their generous support of this effort.

Introduction to the collection
Iraq Museum wiki page
History of the museum
نبذة عن تاريخ المتحف العراقي


Tablets by period:

   Late Uruk texts (ca. 3350-3000 BC)
   ED I-II texts (ca. 2800 BC)
   ED IIIa texts (ca. 2600 BC)
   ED IIIb texts (ca. 2500-2350 BC)
   Old Akkadian texts (ca. 2350-2200 BC)
   Lagash II texts (ca. 2250-2100 BC)
   Ur III texts (ca. 2100-2000 BC)
   Old Babylonian texts (ca. 1900-1600 BC)
   Middle Babylonian texts (ca. 1500-1000 BC)
   Middle Assyrian texts (ca. 1500-1000 BC)
   neo-Assyrian texts (ca. 1000-600 BC)
   neo-Babylonian texts (ca. 1000-540 BC)
   Hellenistic texts (ca. 330-140 BC)

Tablets by text genre:

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

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The tablet to the right (W 20274,2) seems to be a sale document for a family of eight slaves. The Uruk III (ca. 3100 BC) period tablet was excavated in the bilbical city of Erech, home of Gilgamesh (click image to be directed to the text’s corresponding CDLI page).

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