Cuneiform Tablet: Making a Canal Bed and Digging a Field


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Artifact Identification Cuneiform Tablet: Making a Canal Bed and Digging a Field   (1913.14.0522)
  1. Communication Artifacts
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  3. Documentary Artifacts
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  5. Other Documents
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Ur III Reign of Amar-Sin, 2047-2039 BC
Culture Sumerian

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 4.5 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 4.0 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 1.4 cm
Weight 25 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Ceramic--Earthenware
Manufacturing Processes Inscribing, Handbuilding, Firing
Munsell Color Information Brownish Pink (7.5YR 7/2) -light body color to Light Brown (7.5YR 6/4) -dark body color Dark Grayish Blue (5B 3/2) -dark discoloration White (N 9.25/ 84.2% R) -light discoloration

Research Remarks

Published Description

"For example, two texts describe bedding operations in the canal system. In one case (text 116[1913.14.0522]) 46 male workers were employed for bedding the inlet of the small supply canal which ran along the Isum field, parallel to the main canal, and for digging irrigation ditches in the Isum field itself." (see 1972P.0022)

Description N/A
CDLI NumberP128963 (external link)
Comparanda N/A

Kang, Shin Teke, Sumerian Economic Texts from the Umma Archive: Sumerian and Akkadian Cuneiform Texts in the Collection of the World Heritage Museum of the University of Illinois, Volume II. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1973. Text Number 6. Kang, Shin Theke. "Irrigation In Ancient Mesopotamia.", in Water Resources Bulletin, 619-624. Urbana, Illinois: American Water Resources Association, June 1972.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Edgar J. Banks Collection
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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