CDLB 2017/001 7 (P208749)

Administrative tablet excavated in Umma (mod. Tell Jokha), dated to the Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC) period and now kept in British Museum, London, UK

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Museum Collection(s)

British Museum, London, UK

Museum Number

BM 106079

Period

Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC)

Provenience

Umma (mod. Tell Jokha)

Artifact Type

Tablet

Material(s)

Clay

Genre / Subgenre(s)

Administrative (1913 4-16 911 4 col.. seal: Nimgir-an-ne2. dub-sar dumu Inim-d.[ ] mu a-ra2 2-kam Åa-aå-ru-um§. Work in fieldub-sar)

Language(s)

Sumerian

Measurements

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tablet
obverse
column 1
1. 2(bur3)# 1(iku)# 1/2(iku)# GAN2# gesz-ur3#-[ra] a-ra2 1(disz) 4(iku) 1/2(iku) GAN2-[ta]
 en: 2 bur3 1 iku 1/2 iku field area harrowing, 1 time, at 4 1/2 iku (a day),
2. a2 erin2-na-bi u4 2(u) 5(disz)
 en: its troops’ labor: 25 days;
  calculation: 37.5 ÷ 4.5 × 1 × 3 = 25
  ploughmen always 3 erin2, seeding ploughs always 4 erin2:
  d = (a ÷ b/3) + (a ÷ c/3 x 3/2/1) = (a/b x 3) + ((a/c x 3) x 3/2/1)
  if plough type1 . plough type2, then:
  d = 2(a ÷ b/3) + (a ÷ c/3 x 3/2/1) etc.
3. 1/2(iku) 1/4(iku) GAN2 tug2-gurx(|SZE.KIN|) 1/4(iku) GAN2-ta
 en: 3/4 iku field area of tug-sag work at 1/4 iku (a day),
4. a2 erin2-na-bi u4 3(disz)
 en: its troops’ labor: 3 days;
  calculation: 0.75 ÷ 0.25 = 3
5. iti# dal
 en: month: “Flight;”
6. 1(bur'u) 1(bur3) 1(esze3) 3(iku) GAN2 gesz-[ur3]-ra a-ra2 2(disz) 1(esze3) GAN2-[ta]
 en: 1 bur'u 1 bur3 1 eše3 3 iku field area harrowing, 2 times, at 1 eše3 (a day),
7. a2# erin2#-na#-bi# u4# 3(gesz2) 2(u) 7(disz)
 en: its troops’ labor: 207 days;
  calculation: 207 ÷ 6 × 2 × 3 = 207
8. 3(bur3) 2(iku) 1/2(iku) GAN2 gesz-ur3#-ra# a-ra2 3(disz) 1(esze3) GAN2-ta
 en: 3 bur3 2 1/2 iku harrowing, 3 times, at 1 eše3 field area (a day),
9. a2 erin2-na-bi u4 1(gesz2) 2(u) 4(disz) 2/3(disz)
 en: its troops’ labor: 84 2/3 days;
  calculation: 56.5 ÷ 6 × 3 × 3 = 84.75
  blank space
10. a2 gesz-ur3-ra
 en: labor of harrowing;
11. 1(gesz'u) 9(gesz2) 3(u) 3(disz) sar al 6(disz) sar-[ta]
 en: 1173 sar of hoeing, at 6 sar (a day),
12. a2#-bi u4 3(gesz2) 1(u) 5(disz) 1/2(disz)
 en: its labor: 195 1/2 days;
13. 1(gesz'u) 2(gesz2) 4(u) 5(disz) sar al 3(u) sar-ta
 en: 765 sar of hoeing, at 30 sar (a day);
14. a2-bi u4 2(u) 5(disz) 1/2(disz)
 en: its labor: 25 1/2 days;
15. 3(gesz'u) 2(u) sar {u2}kiszi17 ku5-ra2? 2(u) sar-ta
 en: 1820 sar acacia cut at 20 sar (a day),
column 2
1. [a2-bi u4 1(gesz2) 3(u) 1(disz)]
 en: its labor: 91 days;
2. 1(gesz'u) [... sar-ta]
 en: 600+ at n sar (a day),
3. a2-[bi u4 ...]
 en: its labor: n days;
4. 1(gesz'u) 7(gesz2) 4(u) [... sar-ta]
 en: 1060+ at n sar (a day),
5. a2-bi u4 1(gesz2) 2(u) [...]
 en: its labor: 80+ days;
6. 4(gesz2) 3(u) sar {u2}kiszi17 1(u) sar-ta
 en: 270 sar: acacia at 10 sar (a day);
7. a2-bi u4 2(u) 7(disz)
 en: its labor: 27 days;
8. 1(gesz2) 3(disz) sar {u2}kiszi17 x 7(disz) sar-ta
 en: 63 sar acacia at 7 sar (a day);
9. a2-bi u4 1(u) la2 1(disz)
 en: its labor: 9 days.
10. 1(gesz'u) 2(gesz2) 2(u) 2(disz) 1/2(disz) sar al 1(u) 5(disz) sar-ta
 en: 742 1/2 sar of hoeing at 15 sar (a day),
11. a2-bi u4 4(u) 9(disz) 1/2(disz)
 en: its labor: 49 1/2 days;
12. 2(u) sar nig2-gul 1(u) sar-ta
 en: 20 sar of pickaxing at 10 sar (a day),
13. a2-bi u4 2(disz)
 en: its labor: 2 days;
14. 7(gesz2) 7(disz) sar al 7(disz) sar-ta
 en: 427 sar of hoeing at 7 sar (a day),
15. a2-bi u4 1(gesz2) 1(disz)
 en: its labor: 61 days;
16. 1(gesz'u) 2(u) 8(disz) 1/3(disz) sar al 6(disz) 1/2(disz) sar-ta
 en: 628 1/3 sar at 6 1/2 sar (a day),
reverse
column 1
1. [a2]-bi u4 1(gesz2) 3(u) 6(disz) 2/3(disz)
 en: its labor: 96 2/3 days;
2. 3(u) 8(disz) 1/2(disz) sar al 5(disz) 1/2(disz) [sar-ta]
 en: 38 1/2 sar of hoeing at 5 1/2 sar (a day),
3. a2-bi u4 7(disz)
 en: its labor: 7 days;
4. 4(gesz2) 5(u) 2(disz) 1/2(disz) sar al 5(disz) sar#-[ta]
 en: 292 1/2 sar of hoeing at 5 sar (a day),
5. a2-bi u4 5(u) 8(disz) 1/2(disz)
 en: its labor: 58 1/2 days;
6. 8(disz) sar al 4(disz) sar-ta
 en: 8 sar of hoeing at 4 sar (a day),
7. a2-bi u4 2(disz)
 en: its labor: 2 days;
8. a2 lu2 hun-ga2 6(disz) sila3-ta
 en: work of hirelings at 6 sila3 (a day);
9. 2(u) 5(disz) sar al 5(disz) sar-ta
 en: 25 sar of hoeing at 5 sar (a day),
10. a2-bi u4 5(disz)
 en: its labor: 5 days;
11. 3(gesz2) 2(u) sar [al ...] 2(u) sar-ta
 en: 200 sar of hoeing at 20 sar (a day),
12. a2-bi u4 1(u)
 en: its labor: 10 days;
13. a2 sza3-gu4-ka
 en: labor of oxen drivers;
  blank space
  seal impression
column 2
  blank space
  seal impression
1. a-sza3-ge kin-ak
 en: field work to be done
2. a-sza3 ka-ma-ri2
 en: (in the) field of Kamari;
3. ugula ba-sa6
 en: foreman: Basa;
4. kiszib3 nimgir-an-ne2
 en: under seal of Nimgir-ane.
  blank space
  seal impression
6. mu# a-ra2 2(disz)-kam sza-[asz-ru]-um{ki} ba-hul
 en: Year: Šašrum was destroyed for the 2nd time.
seal 1
1. nimgir-an-ne2
 en: Nimgir-ane,
2. dub-sar
 en: scribe,
3. dumu inim-{d}szara2
 en: son of Inim-Šara.

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  • Artifact type: Tablet
  • Material: Clay
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  • Genre(s): Administrative (1913 4-16 911 4 col.. seal: Nimgir-an-ne2. dub-sar dumu Inim-d.[ ] mu a-ra2 2-kam Åa-aå-ru-um§. Work in fieldub-sar)
  • Language(s): Sumerian


  • Composite No.:
  • Museum No.: BM 106079
  • Accession No.: 1913-04-16, 0911

  • Provenience: Umma (mod. Tell Jokha)
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  • Period: Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC)
  • Dates Referenced: Amar-Suen.06.00.00
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Created Creator Type Authors Project Reviewer Status Action
2023-09-10 at 21:32:33 Rattenborg, Rune Artifact Rattenborg, Rune Geomapping Landscapes of Writing Rattenborg, Rune approved View
2017-07-11 at 11:44:13 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2017-06-23 at 11:31:22 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2017-06-21 at 16:37:48 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2017-06-20 at 21:08:47 Englund, Robert K. Atf Alivernini, Sergio CDLI approved View
2002-07-11 at 00:00:00 CDLI Artifact Alivernini, Sergio; Alster, Bendt; Englund, Robert K.; Molina, Manuel; Reid, Nicholas CDLI approved View

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This artifact is impressed by the following seal(s):

Seal Provenience Period Date
CDLI Seals 003957.3 (composite) (P533824) - -

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLB 2017/001 7 Artifact Entry.” (2002) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). September 11, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P208749.
CDLB 2017/001 7 artifact entry (No. P208749). (2023, September 11). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P208749 (Original work published 2002)
CDLB 2017/001 7 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P208749 (Accessed: April 22, 2024).
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	title = {CDLB 2017/001 7 artifact entry},
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	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P208749},
}

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