Sumerian Stone Foundation Inscription

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 06 September 2017
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It was a Sumerian tradition to deposit or bury objects bearing inscriptions within temples and important public buildings. These recorded the names of the persons who were responsible for the building and also ensured divine protection. The cuneiform text inscribed on this stone tablet reads: "For Ninhursag: A-ane-pada, king of Ur, son of Mes-ane-pada, king of Ur, built the temple for Ninhursag". Early Dynastic Period, 2500 BCE. From Tell Al-Ubaid, Southern Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (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, O. S. M. (2017, September 06). Sumerian Stone Foundation Inscription. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/7190/sumerian-stone-foundation-inscription/

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Sumerian Stone Foundation Inscription." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 06 Sep 2017. Web. 23 Oct 2021.