In these pages, the New York Public Library and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), an international research project based at the University of California, Los Angeles, present a database of more than 500 inscribed objects in the NYPL collection. 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.

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Tablets by period:

   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 Babylonian (ca. 2000-1600 BC)

Tablets by text genre:

   Administrative texts
   School texts
   Royal/Monumental texts

Tablets by provenience:


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(NYPLC 372) documents the sale of a house in the Ur III period (ca. 2050 BC) in the city of Nippur (click image to be directed to the text’s corresponding CDLI page).

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