The Embassy of Republic of Iraq to Washington Receives First Batch of Cuneiform Tablets

The Embassy of the Republic of Iraq to Washington received the first group of cuneiform tablets and fragments loaned to the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

The handover ceremony took place in the presence of an elite group of archaeologists from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Zaid al-Rawi, representing Baghdad University / College of Arts / Department of Archeology, the Eastern Institute of the University of Chicago, academics, diplomats, and representatives of the US Department of State.

The Chargé d’affairs a.i Mr. Dhafer Abdul-Razzaq Jalil signed the handover on behalf of Ambassador Dr. Farid Yassin, and Dr. Richard Zettler, Head of the Near East Archeology Department, signed on behalf of the Museum

The number of cuneiform tablets received by the embassy (387) has been loaned to the University of Pennsylvania Museum from the Iraqi Museum on 22/2/1923 and is one of the excavations of the joint archaeological period between the British Museum and the mentioned university (1922-1934) in the Ur / Tal Al-Muqair area.