Possible cast of a clay tablet with cuneiform inscription (markings composed of slim triangular or wedge-shaped elements), tablet has slight pinkish hue. 19th C BCE, Old Babylonian.
ARCHAEOLOGY Syrian clay tablet
1900 BCE-1801 BCE
L65mm x W50mm x D24mm
History and use
Cuneiform is one of the earliest forms of writing. This small cuneiform tablet was from Sumer, Mesopotamia. It was placed in the walls of a temple in Uruk. This temple was built in the reign of ruler Sîn-kāšid (1865-1804 BCE). Inscribed with King Sîn-kāšid’s building dedication, the words of the text were directed at the gods: Sîn-kāšid, mighty man, King of Uruk, King of the Amnānum (tribe), the palace of his royalty [he] did build.