A Minnesota Estate

CDLN 2007:2

Cuneiform Digital Library Notes (ISSN: 1546-6566)

Published on 2007-08-24

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Robert K. Englund

University of California Los Angeles

In the late 1990's, Stephen Osman of Minneapolis, Minnesota, purchased a small cuneiform tablet at a local estate sale. The purchase price was five dollars. Through a generous and informative correspondence with the owner, I am able to offer below the text from Ur III Umma in line art copy, transliteration and translation. It dates to the 6th month of Amar-Suen 4 (thus late fall, ca. 2040 BC), and measures 37 x 37 x 16mm.


  Osman 1 Translation
obv. 2(barig) še-ba lugal 2(barig, ca. 120 liters) of ration barley (according to the)
royal (measure)
  nin?-ur2-ra-ni for Nin-urani
   ki na-ba-sa2-ta from Nabasa,
  kišib a-da-ga sealed document of Adaga.
  iti šu-numun Month: “Sowing” (6th month, Umma calendar).
rev. mu en dnanna maš-e i3-pa3 Year: “The en-priestess of Nanna was chosen through
(Amar-Suen 4).
  (seal impression)  
seal ur-dli9-si4 Ur-Lisi,
   ensi2 ensi
  ummaki of Umma:
  a-da-ga Adaga,
  dub-sar the scribe,
   ARAD2-zu is your servant.


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Englund, Robert K. 2007. “A Minnesota Estate.” Cuneiform Digital Library Notes 2007 (2). https://cdli.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/articles/cdln/2007-2.

Englund, Robert K. (2007). A Minnesota Estate. Cuneiform Digital Library Notes, 2007(2). https://cdli.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/articles/cdln/2007-2

Englund, Robert K. (2007) “A Minnesota Estate,” Cuneiform Digital Library Notes, 2007(2). Available at: https://cdli.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/articles/cdln/2007-2 (Accessed: September 26, 2022).

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  • year = {2007},
  • month = {aug 24},
  • publisher = {Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative},
  • title = {A {Minnesota} {Estate}},
  • volume = {2007},

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