In these pages, the Department of the Middle East of the British Museum and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), an international research project based at the University of California, Los Angeles, present a database of the inscribed objects in the London collection. In an initial phase of this collaboration funded by a grant from by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Jonathan Taylor and Marieka Arksey are digitizing the library and archives of Ashurbanipal, King of Assyria. A series of excavations at the mound of Kuyunjik (ancient Nineveh) during the 19th and early 20th centuries discovered thirty thousand inscriptions. These texts underpin cuneiform studies, and still form a core resource for our understanding of the social and intellectual history of ancient Mesopotamia.

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BM tablets by period:

   Late Uruk (ca. 3400-3000 BC)
   Early Dynastic I-II (ca. 2900-2700 BC)
   Early Dynastic IIIa (ca. 2600 BC)
   Early Dynastic IIIb (ca. 2500-2350 BC)
   Old Akkadian (ca. 2350-2200 BC)
   Lagash II (ca. 2200-2100 BC)
   Ur III period (ca. 2100-2000 BC)
   Old Assyrian (ca. 2000-1900 BC)
   Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1600 BC)
   Middle Babylonian (ca. 1500-1000 BC)
   Middle Assyrian (ca. 1500-1000 BC)
   Neo-Assyrian (ca. 1000-600 BC)
   Neo-Babylonian (ca. 1000-540 BC)
   Achaemenid (ca. 540-330 BC)
   Hellenistic (ca. 330-140 BC)
   Uncertain date

BM tablets by provenience:

   Alalakh    Amarna    Babylon    Borsippa    Diqdiqqah    Drehem    Eridu    Fara    Girsu    Jemdet Nasr    Kish    Kültepe    Larsa    Nineveh    Nimrud    Nippur    Nuzi    Sippar    Tell Brak    Ubaid    Umma    Ur    Uruk    unclear

BM tablets by text genre:

   Administrative texts
   Literary texts
   Omina
   Prayers/Incantations
   Lexical texts
   Mathematical texts
   School texts
   Scientific texts    Letters
   Royal/Monumental texts

BM tablets by type:

   bricks
   cones
   sealings
   tags
   stone inscriptions
   metal inscriptions
   other

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The tablet to the right (K 828) contains a neo-Assyrian period cuneiform letter from King Ashurbanipal, written in his capital city, Nineveh (ca. 650 BC; click image to be directed to the text’s corresponding CDLI page).




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