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Babylon

The city of Babylon gave its name to two important periods in Mesopotamian history. The First Dynasty of Babylon, from around 1894 until 1595 B.C.E., was founded by Sumu-abum. Eventually it encompassed the regions of Larsa, Isin, Eshnunna, and Assyria. … Continue reading

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Fragment of lexical text

Clay tablet Early Dynastic IIIa (Fara), Enmetena (or Entemena, c. 2403-2375 B.C.E.) This tablet was written during the reign of Enmetena. Enmetena was responsible for a number of building projects during the Early Dynastic period, as is evidenced by the … Continue reading

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Votive cone

Clay nail Early Dynastic IIIa (Fara), Enmetena (or Entemena, c. 2403-2375 B.C.E.) This cone was inscribed and placed in a temple for Inanna and Dumuzi,  rebuilt by Enmetena.  It is probable that this cone was excavated in Bad-tibira, which was … Continue reading

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Field allocations from the Inanna-Zabalam Temple

Clay tablet Early Dynastic Period IIIb (c. 2500-2330 B.C.E.) Zabala was a city-state in Sumer (now the site of the Dhi Qar governorate in Iraq). The city’s goddess was Inanna, the Sumerian fertility goddess.  This document outlines the distribution of … Continue reading

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Votive cone

Clay cone Early Dynastic IIIa, Enmetena (or Entemena, c. 2403-2375 B.C.E.) This cone commemorates a building’s construction by Enmetena. It  would have been placed in the walls or foundation of the building. FLP 2631.2

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Lagash Periods (Lagash I and II)

The Lagash I period is also the Early Dynastic IIIb period.  The Lagash I dynasty ended with the reign of Uruinimgina (reigned 2351-2342 B.C.E.), who was defeated by Lugalzagesi of Uruk, who then controlled all of Mesopotamia (he also won … Continue reading

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Account of wooden objects

Clay tablet Lagash I, Uruinimgina (Urukagina) (c. 2351-2342 B.C.E.) FLP 17

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