Ancient artefacts at Maynooth University


McCormack, Barbara (2015) Ancient artefacts at Maynooth University. Libfocus.

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Abstract

The Russell Library, Maynooth University, recently exhibited some of the oldest material from the collections of St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth – a series of four thousand year old Babylonian clay tablets and stamp seals from ancient Mesopotamia. The collection of sixty-five cuneiform tablets in the Sumerian language and a pre-writing stamp seal were amassed by an Irish army chaplain during the First World War. The material dates from c. 3,500-1,900 BC and includes both cuneiform tablets and cones bearing royal inscriptions from the early Babylonian period, as well as administrative and economic accounts from the Ur III period (c. 2100-2000 BC).

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Ancient artefacts; Maynooth University;
Academic Unit: University Library
Item ID: 5825
Depositing User: IR Editor
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2015 14:03
Journal or Publication Title: Libfocus
Refereed: Yes
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