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Tablets as Artefacts, Scribes as Artisans

John H. Taylor

in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557301
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199557301.013.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Tablets as Artefacts, Scribes as Artisans

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This article aims to capture some major trends in the study of tablets as artifacts and provides examples from the collections of the British Museum. It provides insights into the study of clay tablets as objects with their own story, focusing on Mesopotamian cuneiform. It describes how the ready availability of high-quality images of the objects and a holistic approach integrating study of inscriptions with that of the vehicles of their textual expression have opened the way to a deeper understanding of cuneiform culture.

Keywords: tablets; artifacts; British Museum; Mesopotamian cuneiform; inscriptions; textual expression

Article.  11274 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Greek and Roman Archaeology ; Historical Archaeology

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