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Sumerian Texts from Ancient Iraq: From Ur III to 9/11

By Benjamin Studevent-Hickman


The 145 tablets presented in this volume are among a larger group of 302 tablets confiscated by U.S. customs which were being stored in a World Trade Center building when it was destroyed on 9/11. The 145 tablets, which come from an unknown site near Nippur in southern Iraq, are the documents of a high official named Aradmu that detail routine agricultural operations, including receipts and grain loans. The group was repatriated to Iraq in late 2010, after the tablets were conserved and the author had completed his study. The editions offered in this volume complete an incredible journey for the tablets and the stories they hold.

Sumerian Texts from Ancient Iraq: From Ur III to 9/11

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    Journal of Cuneiform Studies Supplements Series vol. 5

    236 pages

    8.5 x 11 inches

    ISBN 978-1-937040-85-7 (hardcover)

    ISBN 978-1-937040-86-4 (PDF)

    March 2018

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  • Table of Contents



    Abbreviations and Other Conventions


    One: Introduction: Provenance, Provenience, and Basic Content

    Two: Agricultural Management in the Archive

    Three: Additional Data of Note from the Archive: The Mayor and the Men of Šimanum

    Four: Conclusions: Historical Context and the Question of Provenience Revisited

    Five: Catalog of the Tablets

    Six: The Aradmu Texts in Transliteration and Translation


    Appendix A

    Appendix B

    Appendix C

    Appendix D



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