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Archives from Domestic Wing of the North-West Palace

This sub-project of the Archival Texts of the Assyrian Empire (ATAE) [/atae/index.html] Project includes open-access versions of the fifty-five Neo-Assyrian texts (with English translations) edited in Ali Yaseen Ahmad and John Nicholas Postgate's Archives from the Domestic Wing of the North-West Palace at Kalhu/Nimrud (Edubba 10), 2007.

Satellite image of the ruins of the North-West Palace at Kalhu overlaid with a plan of Ashurnasirpal II's residence, showing the location of Room 57, where the Edubba 10 texts were discovered. Image prepared by Jamie Novotny.

All of the Neo-Assyrian texts edited in Edubba 10 were discovered in Room 57 of the North-West Palace of the ninth-century-BC Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II [/riao/theassyrianempire883745bc/ashurnasirpalii/index.html] (r. 883–859 BC) in 1989 by the Department of Antiquities and Heritage (led Muzahim M. Hussein). Few precise details about the find spot of this group of texts (which is reported to have been more than 150, of which only 55 have been published). As already noted by Ahmad and Postgate these tablets "may have been stored there, but no precise details of the distribution of the tablets within the room are available." According to some reports, the tablets were said to have been found crushed under a limestone slab. With regard to Room 57 [/nimrud/ancientkalhu/thecity/northwestpalace/index.html], it was directly above Tomb Ill, a vaulted, brick-built tomb where Mullissu-mukannišat-Ninua (the wife of Ashurnasirpal and mother of Shalmaneser III) and Hamaya (the wife of Shalmaneser IV) were buried along with many of their prized possessions, including ornately-fashioned gold and silver vessels and jewelry.

This group of texts (= Pedersén Kalhu Archive 9) contains documents recording the sale of slaves and real estate and the exchange of land, as well as a letter and a list of oxen. All of the published text dated to the ninth and eighth centuries BC, between the reigns of Shalmaneser III [/riao/theassyrianempire883745bc/shalmaneseriii/index.html] (r. 858–824 BC) and Tiglath-pileser III [/rinap/rinap1/] (r. 744–727 BC).

The open-access editions of Edubba 10 were adapted and revised from the Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus (NATC) database and the source publication by Jamie Novotny and Aurora Galzerino.

Click here [/atae/edubba10/pager] to browse the Edubba 10 corpus.

ATAE is a key component of the Archival Texts of the Middle East in Antiquity (ATMEA) sub-project of the LMU-Munich-based Munich Open-access Cuneiform Corpus Initiative [] (MOCCI; directed by Karen Radner and Jamie Novotny). Funding for the ATAE corpus project has been provided by LMU Munich and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (through the establishment of the Alexander von Humboldt Chair for Ancient History of the Near and Middle East).

For further details, see the "About the project" [/atae/abouttheproject/index.html] page.

Jamie Novotny

Jamie Novotny, 'Archives from Domestic Wing of the North-West Palace', Archives from Domestic Wing of the North-West Palace (Edubba 10), Archives from Domestic Wing of the North-West Palace at Kalhu/Nimrud (Edubba 10). Original publication: 2007; online contents: ATAE/Edubba 10 Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2023 []

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