Cuneiform Tablet: Cleaning a Canal


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Artifact Identification Cuneiform Tablet: Cleaning a Canal   (1913.14.0996)
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Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Ur III - Reign of Su-Sin, 2038-2030 BC
Culture Sumerian

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 4.4 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 4.1 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 1.4 cm
Weight 23 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Ceramic--Earthenware
Manufacturing Processes Inscribing, Handbuilding, Firing
Munsell Color Information Light Brown (5YR 6.5/4) Medium Gray (N 4.75/ 17.6% R)

Research Remarks

Published Description

"We know these reservoirs were used because men were employed to dig them or to clean them: text 456 states that 10 men were employed to clean the reservoir of the Isalla canal. It would seem that this was done by passing baskets of silt from one man to another from the reservoir bottom to the top of the bank where the mud was then spread out. The canals themselves were cleaned in a similar manner as ext 590 {1913.14.0996] shows: 12 men were hired for two days to clean a section of the same Isalla canal. " (See 1972P.0022)

Description N/A
CDLI NumberP128967 (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 10. 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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