CDL Catalogues Definitions

Exemplar (P-numbered) Catalogue

Publication information:

Primary Publication
This is the fullest standard treatment of the document. If document is unpublished, enter "unpublished."
The author of the primary publication.
Publication Date
The date of primary publication.
Publication History
This field is for other fuller treatments of the document.
Enter in this field all published references to the text except for published collations.
Author Remarks
This field is reserved for comments made in the primary publication concerning the document.
Published Collation
Enter the published collations of texts in this field rather than in the citations filed.

Physical information:

Object Type
Select from standard list:
  • tablet
  • brick
  • bulla
  • cone
  • cylinder
  • envelope
  • nail
  • prism
  • seal (not impression)
  • sealing
  • tag
  • uncertain
  • other (see object remarks)
Object Remarks
This is a free text field. If the object type given is "other," describe the object in this field, e.g., amulet, axe head, boundary stone, bowel, liver model, mace head, monument, statue, vase, weight, etc.
Measurements of the object are required. They should be given in whole millimeters for height, width, and thickness. They will displayed on-line in that order.
Object Preservation
Select the preservation level of the object from a standard list: "fragment," "25%," "50%," "75%," "complete."
Surface Preservation
Select the level of surface preservation from a standard list: "excellent," "good," "fair," "poor."
Condition Description
This field is for comments, e.g. baked, missing top right corner, pick marks, etc.
Join Information
Enter remarks here concerning object joins, such as "no physical join." The list of joins will be automatically generated in a field at the top of the entry form.
Seal ID
This field is reserved for the ID number of seals found in the standard seal catalog (pending).
Seal Information
This field is for comments concerning the sealing of the tablet, e.g. seal legend, placement, owner, user, iconography.
Join this fragment to a text
Click the left button to join this record to the record of the primary text
Join a fragment to this text
Click the right button to join a record of a secondary fragment to this text
You can link multiple fragments to a main composite tablet. The joins and will be displayed at the top of the window with links to the related records. Records of primary texts and fragments can be unlinked using the same buttons.

Provenience information:

The provenience of the object should be entered in this field. Enter "unknown" if necessary.
Provenience Remarks
Enter comments concerning the provenience in this field, e.g. "Dealer claimed the tablet was from Larsa."
Excavation No.
This field is for the excavation number if it differs from the museum number or the accession number.
Excavation Details:
If additional excavation information is available, please enter it in the following fields:
  • Findspot Square
  • Elevation
  • Stratigraphic Level
  • Findspot Remarks

Chronology information:

Dating conventions
Dates should be entered in the form RN.Y#.M#.D#, with "--" for lost information, "00" when information was not given by the scribe, "?" where uncertain and "min" or "diri" where appropriate.
AS.05.05.12? Amar-Suen, year 5, month 5, possibly day 12
SH?.05?.04diri.12 Possibly reign of Shulgi, possibly his year 5, extra month 4, day 12
SH?.05?.13diri.12 Possibly reign of Shulgi, possibly his year 5, extra month 13, day 12
SH.--.09min.00 Shulgi, year name lost, second month 9, no day given
NA.f.05.10 Nur-Adad, year f, month 5, day 10
UK.05.g.00 Urukagina, year 5, month g, no day given
There will be standardized lists of all year and month names of all periods.
Select period from standard list in pull-down menu.
  • Uruk V (c. 3400-3300)
  • Uruk IV (c. 3300-3200 BC)
  • Uruk III (c. 3200-3000 BC)
  • Proto-Elamite (c. 3100-2900 BC)
  • ED I (c. 2800-2600 BC)
  • ED II ?
  • ED IIIa (c. 2600-2500 BC)
  • ED IIIb (c. 2500-2350 BC)
  • Ebla (c. 2350 BC)
  • Old Akkadian (c. 2340-2200 BC)
  • Lagash II (c. 2200-2100 BC)
  • Ur III (c. 2100-2000 BC)
  • Old Assyrian (c. 2000-1750 BC)
  • Early Old Babylonian (c. 2000-1800 BC)
  • Old Babylonian (c. 1800-1500 BC)
  • Middle Babylonian (c. 1500-1000 BC)
  • Middle Assyrian [including Nuzi, Amarna, etc.] (c. 1500-1000 BC)
  • Neo-Babylonian (c. 1000-540 BC)
  • Neo-Assyrian (c. 1000-600 BC)
  • Persian [Achaemenid] (c. 540-331 BC)
  • Greek [Seleucid] (c. 331-64 BC)
  • Roman (c. 64 BC-75 A.D.)
  • Uncertain (use date remarks to explain)
Date of Origin
This is the last date given in a document with multiple dates or the only date on a document.
Dates Referenced
All dates mentioned in a document with multiple dates should be listed, separated by commas in this field.
Date Remarks
Alternative Years
If the same year name may refer to more than one possible year, and the particular year cannot otherwise be determined, the alternative years should be listed in this field, separated by commas, e.g. SH.25, SH.38, AS.05.
Accounting Period

Collection information:

This field is for the owner, private or public, individual or institution, of the collection, e.g. Yale, VAM, John Doe. Enter "anonymous" if you do not wish this information to be made public.
Museum No.
The collection or museum number of the document, e.g. YBC 14389, VAT 4126. Enter only a single number; joins will be calculated automatically.
Accession No.
Enter the accession number if it differs from the museum number or the excavation number.
Acquisition History
This field is for comments concerning the acquisition of the object, e.g. "purchased from David on 14/12/38."
Owner Remarks
Owner specific remarks or the name of the owner if anonymous in owner field above. This information will not be made public.

Text content information:

Select genre from standard list: "Administrative (including legal)," "Lexical," Literary," "Royal."
Select subgenre from standard list to be determined.
Subgenre Remarks
Field for comments, e.g. consolidated texts; parallels; contents; equivalences.
Select one or more languages from standard list.

CDLI data information:


Composite (Q-numbered) Catalogue