CDLJ 2012/1 §3.04 (P416398)

Administrative tablet excavated in Umma (mod. Tell Jokha), dated to the Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC) period and now kept in Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, USA

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Museum Collection(s)

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, USA

Museum Number

E15550

Period

Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC)

Provenience

Umma (mod. Tell Jokha)

Artifact Type

Tablet

Material(s)

Clay

Genre / Subgenre(s)

Administrative

Language(s)

Sumerian

Measurements

106.0 × 54.0 × 25.0

tablet
obverse
1. e a-sza3 la2-tur-ta
 en: A dike from the field Latur:
2. 1(disz) 1/2(disz) ninda gid2 1(disz) sar-ta sahar-bi 1(disz) 1/2(disz) sar
 en: 1 1/2 ninda long at one (volume) sar per (ninda), its soil: 1 1/2 sar;
  calculation: 1 1/2 × 1 = 1 1/2
3. 6(disz) ninda gid2 nu-tuku
 en: 6 ninda long without (work to be done);
4. 3(disz) ninda gid2 2/3(disz) sar#-ta
 en: 3 ninda long at 2/3 sar per (ninda),
5. sahar-bi 2(disz) sar-am3
 en: its soil: 2 sar;
  calculation: 3 × 2/3 = 2
6. 2(u) ninda gid2 1/2(disz) sar-ta#
 en: 20 ninda long at 1/2 sar per (ninda),
7. sahar#-bi 1(u) sar
 en: its soil: 10 sar;
  calculation: 20 × 1/2 = 10
8. 1(u) ninda gid2 1(disz) sar-ta
 en: 10 ninda long at 1 sar per (ninda),
9. sahar-bi 1(u) sar
 en: its soil: 10 sar;
  calculation: 10 × 1 = 10
10. 1(gesz2) 3(u) 7(disz) ninda gid2 1/2(disz) sar-ta
 en: 97 ninda long at 1/2 sar per (ninda),
11. sahar-bi 4(u) 8(disz) 1/2(disz) sar
 en: its soil: 48 1/2 sar;
  calculation: 97 × 1/2 = 48 1/2
12. 3(disz) ninda gid2 1(disz) sar#-ta
 en: 3 ninda long at 1 sar per (ninda),
13. sahar-bi 3(disz) sar
 en: its soil: 3 sar;
  calculation: 3 × 1 = 3
14. 2(u) ninda gid2 1/3(disz) sar-ta
 en: 20 ninda long at 1/3 sar per (ninda),
15. sahar-bi 6(disz) 2/3(disz) sar
 en: its soil: 6 2/3 sar;
  calculation: 20 × 1/3 = 6 2/3
16. 1(u) 5(disz)# ninda gid2 1/2(disz) sar-ta
 en: 15 ninda long at 1/2 sar per (ninda),
17. sahar#-bi 7(disz) 1/2(disz) sar#
 en: its soil: 7 1/2 sar;
  calculation: 15 × 1/2 = 7 1/2
18. [6(disz)] ninda# gid2# 1(disz) sar-[ta]
 en: 6 ninda long at 1 sar per (ninda),
19. [sahar-bi] 6(disz)# sar#
 en: its soil: 6 sar;
  calculation: 6 × 1 = 6
reverse
1. 1(u) 6(disz) ninda# gid2# 1/2(disz) sar#-ta
 en: 16 ninda long at 1/2 sar per (ninda),
2. sahar ($ blank space $)
 en: its soil: ;
  calculation: 16 × 1/2 = 8
3. 1(u) 4(disz) ninda 1/3(disz) sar-ta
 en: 14 ninda long at 1/3 sar per (ninda),
4. sahar-bi 4(disz) 2/3(disz) sar
 en: its soil: 4 2/3 sar;
  calculation: 14 × 2/3 = 4 2/3
  blank space
5. szunigin 1(gesz2) 3(u) 9(disz) 5/6(disz)# sar sahar
 en: total: 99 5/6 sar soil;
  calculation: 1 1/2 + 2 + 10 + 10 + 48 1/2 + 3 + 6 2/3 + 7 1/2 + 6 + 4 2/3 = 99 5/6
  blank space
6. kin# e ra-a
 en: work “striking” the dike,
7. e sa-dur2-ra igi e2-mah
 en: the dike at the end of the field facing Emaḫ;
8. mu en {d}inanna unu{ki} masz2-e i3-pa3
 en: year: “The en-priest of Inanna in Uruk was chosen by means of a goat;”
left
1. 4(u@v) 8(disz@v) 3(u)
 en: 48.30
  in place value notation, possibly just for obv. 10-11

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  • Artifact type: Tablet
  • Material: Clay
  • Measurements (mm): 106.0 high × 54.0 wide × 25.0 thick
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  • Ouyang, Xiaoli, and William R. Brookman. 2012. [CDLJ 2012 /1 §3.04 (Ouyang2012)]

    primaryEarthwork related to an irrigation dike


  • Composite No.:
  • Museum No.: E15550
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  • Provenience: Umma (mod. Tell Jokha)
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  • Period: Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC)
  • Dates Referenced: Ibbi-Suen.02.00.00
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Cite this Artifact

“CDLJ 2012/1 §3.04 Artifact Entry.” 2011. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). March 10, 2011. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P416398.

CDLJ 2012/1 §3.04 artifact entry (No. P416398). (2011, March 10). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P416398

CDLJ 2012/1 §3.04 artifact entry (2011) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P416398 (Accessed: February 7, 2023).

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