A Statement on Mesopotamian Antiquities Issues

The Yale Babylonian Collection will not purchase, accept as a donation, or authenticate any Mesopotamian artifact that the curator has reason to believe was acquired by its current owner in violation of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on […]

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Cuneiform Exceptionalism: An Argument for Studying and Publishing Unprovenanced Tablets

By: Jerrold S. Cooper, Ph.D. Department of Near Eastern Studies Johns Hopkins University I always opposed the publication of looted cuneiform tablets, until I had a sudden epiphany at the 2004 ASOR meeting in San Antonio. There, archaeologist John Russell, newly returned from Iraq, estimated that tablets were leaving Iraq at the rate of thousands […]

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Back to Babylonia

By: Jane Moon The cities of Babylonia, Ur and Uruk, Larsa and Lagash, the very heart of Babylon itself, are the warp-threads of our understanding of ancient Near Eastern civilization. International fieldwork in this seminal area of Southern Iraq petered out in the early 1990s, and in the Ur region, no major excavation had taken […]

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