Tablet commemorating the building of a temple


Stone tablet

Ur III, Shulgi (reigned c. 2094-2047 B.C.E.)

This tablet was written to be placed in the walls or foundation of a temple built by Shulgi.  The fact that it was carved in stone is a testament to the importance placed on the tablet, and the permanence the scribe wished to secure by using stone instead of clay.  Furthermore, stone did not naturally occur in most parts of Mesopotamia, which meant it had to be imported from a neighboring land.

FLP unumbered tablet

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