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The Sumerian Texts from Ancient Iraq
From Ur III to 9/11

By Benjamin Studevent-Hickman

The Sumerian Texts from Ancient Iraq
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Hardback, 500 pages £90.00
Published: 2018
ISBN: 9781937040857
Format: 279mm x 215mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Lockwood Press

The 145 tablets presented in this volume are among a larger group of 302 tablets confiscated by U.S. customs, and which were being stored in a World Trade Center building when it was destroyed on 9/11.

The 145 tablets, which come from an unknown site near Nippur in Southern Iraq, are the documents of a high official named Aradmu that detail routine agricultural operations, including receipts and grain loans. The group was repatriated to Iraq in late 2010, after the tablets were conserved and the author had completed his study.

The editions offered in this volume complete an incredible journey for the tablets and the stories they hold.

The 145



Abbreviations and Other Conventions

One: Introduction: Provenance, Provenience, and Basic Content

Two: Agricultural Management in the Archive

Three: Additional Data of Note from the Archive: The Mayor and the Men of Šimanum

Four: Conclusions: Historical Context and the Question of Provenience Revisited

Five: Catalog of the Tablets

Six: The Aradmu Texts in Transliteration and Translation

Appendix A: The Conservation of the Tablets Dennis and Jane Drake Piechota

Appendix B: Final Response for Freedom of Information Act Request concerning the Tablets

Appendix C: A Proposal to Publish a Group of Iraqi Cuneiform Tablets under Conservation through the U.S. Department of State John Russell and Benjamin Studevent-Hickman

Appendix D:  E-mail from Dr. Amira Edan, Director General of Iraqi Museums, Granting Permission to Publish the Tablets



Benjamin Studevent-Hickman has a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University and worked as Research Associate at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, and then as Lecturer on Assyriology, at Harvard.


Publication Details:

 Hardback , 500 pages
 279mm x 215mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002000, SOC003000
 Lockwood Press


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