In these pages, the Oriental Institute of the Universty of Chicago with its Curator Walter Farber, and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), an international research project based at the University of California, Los Angeles, present a database of nearly 4000 inscribed objects in the OI collection. The cuneiform tablets here were digitized, using either originals in Chicago or published hand copies 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
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Text artifacts by period:

   Late Uruk V (ca. 3500-3350 BC)
   Late Uruk III (ca. 3200-3000 BC)
   Early Dynastic I-II (ca. 2800-2700 BC)
   Early Dynastic IIIa (ca. 2600-2500 BC)
   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 Assyrian (ca. 2000-1900 BC)
   Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1600 BC)
   Middle Babylonian (ca. 1500-1000 BC)
   Middle Assyrian (ca. 1300-1000 BC)
   Neo-Assyrian (ca. 1000-600 BC)
   Neo-Babylonian (ca. 1000-540 BC)

Text artifacts by genre:

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

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The Oriental Institute tablet to the right
(A 636) contains a letter written in the Old Akkadian period (ca. 2300 BC) in the city of Adab (click image to be directed to the text’s corresponding CDLI page).

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