In these pages, the Musées royaux d’Art et d’Histoire (MRAH; Curator of the ancient Near Eastern collection: Eric Gubel), Brussels, and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), an international research project based at the University of California, Los Angeles, present a database of over 300 inscribed objects in the museum’s archaeological collection. Many of the cuneiform tablets here were digitized following the standard conventions of the CDLI. The full catalogue of the collection, including transliterations and translations of the texts, and word and sign glossaries is currently under construction.


Introduction to the collection
MRAH homepage


Cuneiform inscriptions
sorted by museum number

Cuneiform inscriptions
sorted by publication

Tablets by period:

   Uruk III (ca. 3200-3000 BC)
   Early Dynastic (ca. 2800-2350 BC)
   Old Akkadian (ca. 2350-2200 BC)
   Lagash II (ca. 2200-2100 BC)
   Ur III period (ca. 2100-2000 BC)
   Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1600 BC)
   Middle Babylonian (ca. 1400-1100 BC)
   Middle Assyrian (ca. 1400-1000 BC)
   Neo-Assyrian (ca. 911-612 BC)
   Neo-Babylonian (ca. 626-539 BC)
   Hellenistic (323-63 BC)

Tablets by text genre:

   Administrative    Royal/Monumental    Legal    Letters    Scientific    Mathematical    Lexical    Literary

Tablets by provenience:

   Amarna    Assur    Babylon    Drehem    Girsu    Kish    Nimrud    Nippur    Umma    Uruk    unclear

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The image to the right is a cutout of a large administrative account from the Uruk III period (MRAH O.4995; ca 3100 BC), recording groups of individuals credibly identified as slaves, each given by name and qualified according to age; click image to be redirected to the corresponding CDLI text page.

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