Near East & Babylonian Sections Collection Highlights


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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31-16-733
L-29-309
B16106
31-17-7
Figurine
31-16-733
View Object | 53563
Brick Stamp
L-29-309
View Object | 53294
Tablet
B16106
View Object | 53623
Foundation Tablet
31-17-7
View Object | 53562

B10000
B14156
B9
B13885
Tablet
B10000
View Object | 56115
Tablet
B14156
View Object | 126576
Barrel Cylinder
B9
View Object | 33757
Tablet
B13885
View Object | 113404

29-20-3
NEP6
31-17-8
B14221
Statue
29-20-3
View Object | 53628
Textile
NEP6
View Object | 53280
Figurine
31-17-8
View Object | 237062
Tablet
B14221
View Object | 53633

B16105
Tablet
B16105
View Object | 8394
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