Yale Babylonian Collection

Comprising some 45,000 items, the Yale Babylonian Collection is an independent branch of the Yale University Library housed on the Yale University campus in Sterling Memorial Library at New Haven, Connecticut, United States.

The collection holds Babylonian clay tablet YBC 7289 (c. 1800–1600 BC).[1] The tablet displays an approximation of the square root of 2.

Established by the donation of a collection of cuneiform tablets by J. P. Morgan in 1909, the Collection is now home to one of the largest collection of ancient Near Eastern writing in America and ranks among the best repositories of its kind in the world. Beyond the ongoing study and conservation of its own holdings, the Yale Babylonian Collection stands as an important center for innovative research in Assyriology and other related fields.

The collection contains over 1,300 private and official letters that span several different time periods in Babylonian history. Several of these letters were still sealed in their clay envelopes to only be opened and read for the first time when they entered the collection.[2]

The collection is open on weekdays by appointment.

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  1. ^ YBC 7289, Yale Babylonian Collection, USA.
  2. ^ Stephens, Ferris J. (1945). "The Babylonian Collection". The Yale University Library Gazette. 19 (3): 44–49. JSTOR 40857234.
  3. ^ "CDLI-Archival View". cdli.ucla.edu.

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