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date: 21 January 2022

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This article aims to capture some major trends in the study of tablets as artifacts and provides examples from the collections of the British Museum. It provides insights into the study of clay tablets as objects with their own story, focusing on Mesopotamian cuneiform. It describes how the ready availability of high-quality images of the objects and a holistic approach integrating study of inscriptions with that of the vehicles of their textual expression have opened the way to a deeper understanding of cuneiform culture.

Keywords: tablets, artifacts, British Museum, Mesopotamian cuneiform, inscriptions, textual expression

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