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Clay Tablet, Map of Nippur, 14th-13th century BC, Nimrud

Mesopotamian Art on Loan to the Beijing World Art Museum

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Clay Tablet with a Map of Nippur, 14th-13th century BC

Clay Tablet with a Map of Nippur, 14th-13th century BC

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
This ancient clay tablet is dated to the 14th-13th century BCE, and on it is inscribed a map of the countryside around the Mesopotamian city of Nippur, located in the middle of the southern Mesopotamia floodplain, near the modern city of Diwaniyah. The inscription on the tablet is in cuneiform.

To read more on Mesopotamia, see the Timeline and Definition.

The photographs in this collection were provided by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and represent artifacts loaned until 2008 to the Beijing World Art Museum for their rotating exhibit on Great Civilizations.

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