Through the combined efforts of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan, and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), the important collection of cuneiform tablets at the Kelsey is presented here as an online data set. Professor Piotr Michalowski of the Department of Near Eastern Studies was instrumental in developing and coordinating the project, generously supported by the University of Michigan’s Office of the Provost, UM’s Department of Near Eastern Studies, Rackham School of Graduate Studies, and Institute for the Humanities, as well as the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology itself. Sharon Herbert, Robin Meador-Woodruff, and Sebastian Encina of the Kelsey Museum kindly gave their full support and assistance to this cooperative effort. As postdoctoral researcher at Michigan, Nicole Brisch prepared electronic transliterations of the majority of the ca. 350 Sumerian cuneiform tablets, of which only about 90 have been formally published. Dr. Brisch prepared digital images of the entire tablet collection. In addition, Professor Gary Beckman of the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan and Dr. Brisch collaborated to update and offer here an online catalogue of the entire cuneiform collection at the Kelsey Museum, including eight texts that predate the Ur III period (ca. 2100-2000 BC), and substantive numbers of documents from the Old Babylonian (ca. 1800-1600 BC) through the neo-Babylonian (ca. 600-550 BC) and later periods.

Introduction to the collection
Kelsey homepage
CDLI

 
Tablets by period:

   Early Dynastic (ca. 2600-2350 BC)
   Old Akkadian (ca. 2350-2200 BC)
   Lagash II (ca. 2200-2100 BC)
   Ur III period (ca. 2100-2000 BC)
   Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1600 BC)
   Middle Babylonian (ca. 1500-1000 BC)
   Neo-Assyrian (ca. 1000-600 BC)
   Neo-Babylonian (ca. 1000-540 BC)
   Achaemenid (539-331 BC)
   Hellenistic (330-140 BC)
   Uncertain date

Tablets by text genre:

   Administrative texts
   Literary texts
   Legal texts
   Lexical texts
   Royal/Monumental texts
   Uncertain

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The tablet to the right (KM 89454) contains a contract for the sale of temple income and derives from the Seleucid period (ca. 300 BC; click image to be directed to the text’s corresponding CDLI page).




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