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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
Hardback, 500 pages £70.00
Published: 2018
ISBN: 9781937040857
Format: 279mm x 215mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Lockwood Press
Series: Lockwood Journal of Cuneiform Studies Supplemental Series

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.

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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