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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Sarcophagus Lid

29-103-789

29-103-789

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Lyre Fragment

B17694B

B17694B

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Lyre Fragment

B17694A

B17694A

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Wand

29-105-217

29-105-217

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Sword

73-5-557

73-5-557

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Bowl

37-11-61

37-11-61

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Mortuary Statue

B8904

B8904

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Chain

31-50-212

31-50-212

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Statue

29-20-3

29-20-3

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Helmet

61-5-352

61-5-352

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Wine Jar

69-12-15

69-12-15

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Statue

30-12-702

30-12-702

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Ur-Namu Stele

B16676.14

B16676.14

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Figurine

31-17-8

31-17-8

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Foundation Tablet

31-17-7

31-17-7

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Tablet

B13885

B13885

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Tablet

B16105

B16105

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Tablet

B14221

B14221

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Tablet

B16106

B16106

Museum Object

Tablet

B5304

B5304

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Tablet

B14156

B14156

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Earring

B17712A

B17712A

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Human Figurine

32-41-25

32-41-25

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Dinar

29-231-148

29-231-148

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Tablet

B10000

B10000

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Boundary Stone

29-20-1

29-20-1

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Door Socket

29-19-1

29-19-1

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Textile

NEP6

NEP6

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Brick Stamp

L-29-309

L-29-309

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Relief

29-21-1

29-21-1

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