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The Museum has a long history of fieldwork in the Middle East, beginning with the late 19th century excavations at Nippur, early Mesopotamia's pre- eminent religious center, in modern-day Iraq. The Nippur excavations were the first American archaeological project in that part of the world. Since that time, the Museum has worked in nearly every country in the Middle East, with research including not only archaeological surveys and excavations, but also ethnographic studies. The Babylonian Section houses a collection of nearly 30,000 clay tablets inscribed in Sumerian and Akkadian cuneiform, making it one of the ten largest collections in the world. The vast majority of the texts derive from the Museum's excavations at Nippur, with smaller excavated groups of tablets from Ur, Billa, Malyan, and Fara. The Section contains the largest number of Sumerian school tablets and literary compositions of any of the world's museums and its curators/scholars focus largely on the study of the language, history, and literature of the ancient Near East. The Near East collections include nearly 90,000 artifacts housed in three main geographic areas - Mesopotamia, Syro-Palestine, and Iran-with another sub-section focused primarily on materials from the Islamic world.

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Ur-Namu Stele

B16676.14

B16676.14

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Bowl

37-11-61

37-11-61

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Brick Stamp

L-29-309

L-29-309



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This object is on display



Tablet

CBS10000

CBS10000

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Tablet

CBS14156

CBS14156

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Tablet

CBS16105

CBS16105

Tablet

CBS16106

CBS16106

Tablet

CBS14221

CBS14221

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Figurine

31-17-8

31-17-8

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Helmet

61-5-352

61-5-352

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Figurine

31-16-733

31-16-733

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Statue

29-20-3

29-20-3

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Wine Jar

69-12-15

69-12-15

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Earring

B17712A

B17712A



Statue

30-12-702

30-12-702

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This object is on display

This object is on display



Sword

73-5-557

73-5-557

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Relief

29-21-1

29-21-1

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This object is on display



This object is on display

Chain

31-50-212

31-50-212

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Dinar

29-231-148

29-231-148

Tablet

CBS5304

CBS5304

Tablet

CBS13885

CBS13885

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