In these pages, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) 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 1350 inscribed objects in the ROM collection. Following CDLI’s standard conventions of digitization, the cuneiform tablets here were scanned by Emily Zeran of Oxford University under the supervision of ROM Collection Technician Bill Pratt and Associate Curator Clemens Reichel. The catalogue of the collection, and transliterations and translations of the texts, are a work in progress led by ROM curators and an international collaboration of Assyriologists associated with CDLI.

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Tablets by period:

   ED 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)
   Early Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1900 BC)
   Old Assyrian (ca. 1950-1850 BC)
   Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1600 BC)
   Middle Babylonian (ca. 1400-1100 BC)
   Middle Assyrian (ca. 1400-1000 BC)
   Neo-Babylonian (ca. 626-539 BC)
   Achaemenid (547-331 BC)

Tablets by text genre:

   Administrative texts
   Literary texts
   Lexical texts
   Mathematical texts
   Royal/Monumental texts

Tablets by provenience:


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The Royal Ontario Museum tablet to the right (ROM 925.62.101) documents the assignment of Ur III period laborers to irrigation tasks near the city of Umma (ca. 2050 BC; click image to be directed to the text’s corresponding CDLI page).

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