Mesopotamian Metrological Lists And Tables:Forgotten Sources

  title={Mesopotamian Metrological Lists And Tables:Forgotten Sources},
  author={Christine Proust},
From the outset of Mesopotamian archaeology, the archaeologists have constantly been excavating school tablets from the major sites of the Near East; these tablets were found incorporated in walls, in filling material, in pavements or abandoned in buildings which housed a scribal school. The majority of the tablets date from the Old Babylonian period, i.e. the beginning of the second millennium B.C. Today these tablets are spread all over the world, kept in the reserve collections of several… 

Computation Practices of the Assyrian Merchants During the Nineteenth Century BCE

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  • History
    Mathematics, Administrative and Economic Activities in Ancient Worlds
  • 2020
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  • W. Hallo
  • History
    Journal of Cuneiform Studies
  • 1982
The late Edgar J. Banks, source of so many collections of cuneiform tablets throughout the United States, left a considerable number of clay cones and tablets to his widow at his death in 1945. When

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