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Assur Archive 18

a Pleiades place resource

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At the eastern corner of the large ziggurat in Assur, a group of clay tablets were unearthed in a house in area hB4V. Forty clay tablets were found above a sarcophagus, 25 clay tablets were also located nearby and either some or all of them could belong to the first group. Additionally, a clay pot, containing 13 tablets, was found in a door opening of a different house. The texts seem to form a library, except for the tablets in the pot, which formed a separate archive (Assur Archive 51). The library, dating primarily to the 7th century BCE, belonged to a family of scribes and mainly contained documents pertaining to that profession: lexical lists, astronomical and astrological texts, omens, incantations, other literary texts, and drafts or copies of royal inscriptions.

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The library is located near the large ziqqurrat in Assur.


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Thomas Seidler, Jeffrey Becker, and Poppy Tushingham, 'Assur Archive 18: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2023 <> [accessed: 19 July 2024]

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