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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 07 April 2016
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These 2 unusual green schist stone tablets seem to belong together and record a land sale; it appears that there was a transaction, in which land was exchanged for various goods, with the carved figures representing the individuals involved. When the British Museum received these 2 tablets in the year 1899, they were dismissed as "2 forgeries purporting to be Babylonian inscriptions". Later on, the Museum showed that these tablets were genuine and represented earliest examples of the developing cuneiform script (still mainly pictographic). Possibly from Tell Uqair, Southern Mesopotamia, Iraq. Jemdet Nasr Period, 3000-2900 BCE. (The British Museum, London)

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "The Blau Monuments." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 07 Apr 2016. Web. 31 Jul 2021.