New Hits for Erlenmeyer 152

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Cuneiform Digital Library Notes (ISSN: 1546-6566)

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Robert K. Englund

University of California Los Angeles

UTI 3, 1630, offered only a partial fit to a credit entry of the large account Erlenmeyer 152, as noted in CDLJ 2003:1 §16. Since there was a difference of 42 workdays between the two records, and since Erlenmeyer 152 indicated that its scribe was looking at two sealed documents for this entry, I stated that “the second [missing] sealed tablet is a copy of this one, exchanging 42 for 2.15 in the first line.” A recent publication of Ur III tablets in the British Museum by Tohru Ozaki and Marcel Sigrist (BPOA 1; Madrid 2006) contains the missing receipt in number 608 (=BM 106886), though in a form slightly more complex than initially suspected:

  UTI 3, 1630 BPOA 1, 608 Erl. 152 obv. v 21-23


    6 guruš u4 1-še3  
    a2 mu iti-da  
   2.15 guruš u4 1-še3 12 guruš u4 3-še3 2.57 guruš u4 1-še3
  a-ša3-ge a du11-ga a-ša3-ge a du11-ga a-ša3-ge a du11-ga
  a-ša3 dšara2-gu2-gal a-ša3 dšara2-gu2-gal a-ša3 dšara2-gu2-gal
  ugula lu2-dšara2 ugula lu2-dšara2  
  kišib a-gu-gu kišib a-gu-gu kišib 2 a-gu-gu
  (seal) iti dli9-si4  
   mu ma2 den-ki ba-ab-du8 mu ma2 den-ki ba-ab-du8  
  seal legend seal legend  
  ur-e2-mah ur-e2-mah  
  dub-sar dub-sar  
   dumu da-da dumu da-da  

While the result is as anticipated (6 + (12×3) = 42), the new text separates from a three-day work period of 12 laborers a six-workday period described as a2 mu iti-da (unclear to me).

A second partial primary document hit for our Erlenmeyer 152 is BPOA 1, 767 (=BM 107053), corresponding to Erl. 152, obv. iv 19 - v 1 (below). Both new texts were dated to the 9th month of the year of Erl. 152 (SS 2; note to CDLJ 2003:1, n. 34 and correct v 1 to kišib ˹2˺! lu2-gi-na), as was Princeton 1, 380, that exhibited similar irregularities (CDLJ 2003:1, n. 19).

  BPOA 1, 767 Erl. 152 obv. iv 19 - v 1
  10 guruš u4 1-še3 ˹10˺ guruš u4 1-še3
  kuša-ga2-la2 keš2-ra2 kuša-ga2-la2 ˹keš2˺-ra2
   ma2-da-ga ma2 a-pi4-sal4ki -ta   ma2-da-ga ma2-a gar [a]-˹pi4˺-sal4ki -ta
  ka gir13:giz-še3 ka gir13-giz-še3
  ma2 gid2-da ˹ma2˺ gid2-da
  u3 ma2 gur-ra u3 ma2 gur-ra
  ugula lu2-dšara2  
  kišib lu2-gi-na kišib ˹2˺! lu2-gi-na
  iti dli9-si4  
   mu ma2 den-ki ba-ab-du8  
  seal legend  
   dumu ša3-ku3-ge  



Cite this Article
Englund, Robert K. 2007. “New Hits for Erlenmeyer 152.” Cuneiform Digital Library Notes 2007 (1).
Englund, R. K. (2007). New Hits for Erlenmeyer 152. Cuneiform Digital Library Notes, 2007(1).
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