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Gerome presents our oldest item

This week Gerome has decided to highlight our oldest item, a clay tablet from Sumeria, circa 1974 B.C. The cuneiform inscription is an administrative text written during the Third Dynasty of Ur at Umma, which was at the center of a large agricultural district in southern Mesopotamia. The text orders the hiring of persons to perform agricultural work on the fields belonging to the temple of Shara, the chief god of Umma.

Gerome with cuneiform

Gerome with cuneiform


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