Tablets like this are a tantalising glance at one of the earliest civilisations on earth. Often hailed to be the first recorded script, Cunieform was used by the Babylonians to record events, business transactions, stories and religious scripts.

It’s an incredible resource although remains largely untapped – with 90% of tablets still undeciphered! It’s most likely this tablet was for account taking in business transactions.

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c. 2000-1700 BC. Babylonian. A substantial rectangular terracotta cuneiform tablet in a light brown fabric with written script on one side. Cuneiform (from cuneus, Latin for “wedge”) writing, which derives its name from the distinctive shape of its letters, is one of the earliest forms of writing and developed in ancient Mesopotamia in the 4th millennium BC. Various cuneiform writing systems remained in use for thousands of years. Babylon was a provincial city which conquered and ruled most of Mesopotamia during the 2nd millennium BC. Good condition.

Size: L:355mm / W:70mm ; 160g

Provenance: From the important collection of a London doctor A.R; passed by descent to his son; formerly acquired between 1970-2000. Big parts of the collection were studied/published by professor Lambert in the early 1990s.

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