University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Anne Draffkorn Kilmer

The Musical Instruments from Ur and Ancient Mesopotamian Music

By: Anne Draffkorn Kilmer

The nearly half million cuneiform tablets excavated from ancient Near Eastern sites provide us with ample evidence for the uses of music in ancient Sumer, Babylonia, and Assyria, and among their neighbors in Anatolia, Iran, and Syria-Palestine. Pictorial representations of musical instruments, singers, religious and magic rituals, dancers, acrobats, and sporting events likewise testify to […]