University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

The Museum has a long history of fieldwork in the Middle East, beginning with the late 19th century excavations at Nippur, early Mesopotamia's pre- eminent religious center, in modern-day Iraq. The Nippur excavations were the first American archaeological project in that part of the world. Since that time, the Museum has worked in nearly every country in the Middle East, with research including not only archaeological surveys and excavations, but also ethnographic studies. The Babylonian Section houses a collection of nearly 30,000 clay tablets inscribed in Sumerian and Akkadian cuneiform, making it one of the ten largest collections in the world. The vast majority of the texts derive from the Museum's excavations at Nippur, with smaller excavated groups of tablets from Ur, Billa, Malyan, and Fara. The Section contains the largest number of Sumerian school tablets and literary compositions of any of the world's museums and its curators/scholars focus largely on the study of the language, history, and literature of the ancient Near East. The Near East collections include nearly 90,000 artifacts housed in three main geographic areas - Mesopotamia, Syro-Palestine, and Iran-with another sub-section focused primarily on materials from the Islamic world.


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Wand

29-105-217

29-105-217

This object is on display

Dinar

29-231-148

29-231-148

Door Socket

29-19-1

29-19-1



Barrel Cylinder

B9

B9

Wine Jar

69-12-15

69-12-15

This object is on display

Chain

31-50-212

31-50-212



Boundary Stone

29-20-1

29-20-1

Mortuary Statue

B8904

B8904

This object is on display

Ur-Namu Stele

B16676.14

B16676.14



Sarcophagus Lid

29-103-789

29-103-789

This object is on display

Bowl

37-11-61

37-11-61

Helmet

61-5-352

61-5-352



Figurine

31-16-733

31-16-733

Sword

73-5-557

73-5-557

Foundation Tablet

31-17-7

31-17-7



Tablet

B10000

B10000

Tablet

B5304

B5304

Tablet

B16106

B16106



Tablet

B16105

B16105

Brick Stamp

L-29-309

L-29-309

Tablet

B13885

B13885



Statue

29-20-3

29-20-3

Earring

B17712A

B17712A

Textile

NEP6

NEP6



Relief

29-21-1

29-21-1

Human Figurine

32-41-25

32-41-25

Manuscript

NEP33

NEP33



Statue

30-12-702

30-12-702

Lyre Fragment

B17694A

B17694A

Lyre Fragment

B17694B

B17694B



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