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Archaic Administrative Text (Amount Of Barley Needed For A Given Field Area)

UnknownUruk III period, ca. 3100 BC

Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures Museum

Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures Museum
Chicago, United States

This early administrative document records a calculation for the amount of barley needed to sow a 16 acre field. In Mesopotamia, the first written records were found in the city of Uruk. This is an example of an Uruk III text, originating about a century after the earliest texts, Uruk IV.

Details

  • Title: Archaic Administrative Text (Amount Of Barley Needed For A Given Field Area)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Uruk III period, ca. 3100 BC
  • Physical Location: Chicago, IL
  • Location Created: Jemdet Nasr, Iraq
  • Physical Dimensions: H: 5.9 x L: 3.4 x W: 1.6 cm
  • Provenance: Purchased in Paris by J.H. Breasted in 1920
  • Type: Tablet, Clay
  • Rights: © ISAC Museum
  • External Link: Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures, ISACM A2515, D. 9170, Exhibit Catalog: Visible Language (Cat. No. 53)
  • Medium: Clay, Baked
  • Photographer: Anna R. Ressman
  • Photograph Registration Number: D. 9170
  • Object Registration Number: ISACM A2515

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