Tablet Collections

  • The archaic text corpus publication consists of 219 texts, mostly on complete and well preserved clay tablets. They belong to the late fourth millennium BCE and range from the Proto-literate to the Jemdet Nasr periods. The tablets contain lexical lists and administrative records dealing with personnel, fields, animals, textiles, and food.

  • Economic texts from Adab, Shuruppak, and Umma that advance our understanding of the Early Dynastic III and early Sargonic periods. The publication of the texts has provided an in-depth introduction to the historical issues surrounding these cities, along with full transliterations, critical apparatus, translations and indexes of the texts.

  • 434 texts, mostly from Adab, of the early-Classical Sargonic periods, primarily the reigns of Naram Sin and Šar-kali-šarri. The texts come from six archives of various sizes. The contents pertain to temple and palace administration and relate to the movement of workers, the activites of a cup-bearer, a "kitchen", and a brewery.

  • This archives consist of over 1400 records from a rural estate at or near the town of Garšana located somewhere in the territory of the Sumerian city of Umma, probably in the vicinity of ancient Zabalam and Karkar. The archives date to an eight year period in the years 2031-2024 BCE during the Third Dynasty of Ur.

  • These 89 texts orginate from Dūr-Abiešuḫ an unidentifed town of the late Old Babylonian (17th century B.C.E.) town in Mesopotamia They consist primarily of sealed tablets from the archive of Enlil-mansum, a nešakkum-official of Enlil, who was in charge of the new Ekur temple in Dūr-Abiešuḫ, and reveal the economic details of an important town, settled by refugees from Nippur during the disruptions of the late Old Babylonian period.

  • The lexical texts in the Schøyen Collection constitute perhaps the most important group of new lexical sources now known. Miguel Civil has prepared the complete publication of this remarkably well-preserved and diverse collection of sources that adds greatly to the Materials for the Sumerian Lexicon (MSL) series and particularly to those working in lexicography, philology, and Sumerian and Babylonian culture.

  • For five years (1969-1974) David I. Owen was an assistant curator and research associate at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. During this time he photographed hundreds of Sumerian and Babylonian cuneiform economic and literary tablets for his publications and for the publications of other scholars working in the Babylonian Section of the Museum. The majority of these photos were used by scholars to facilitate their research and publication but were often never published. Since the original photos are an important resource and record of these cuneiform texts, they have all been digitized by Owen's son, Ethan K. Owen, who also created this web site where the photos may be accessed along with details of their respective publication records. In addition, numerous other photos have been added by Professor Owen and by Bendt Alster (Copenhagen). The site is a work-in-progress and additions to it are being made on a regular basis.

  • Through the combined efforts of the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) of the Cornell University Library, the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University, and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) at UCLA the small but interesting collection of 194 cuneiform tablets is made available as an online data set.


  • Through the combined efforts of the 
    Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) of the Cornell University Library, the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University, and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) at UCLA the small but interesting collection of 194 cuneiform tablets is made available as an online data set, and also in CUSAS 15 by Alhena Gadotti and Marcel Sigrist.