Weld-Blundell Prism: The Sumerian King-List

(Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; number: AN1923.444)

Weld-Blundell Prism: The Sumerian King-List
(Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; number: AN1923.444)

What is written on it?

Section of Face d of the Weld-Blundell Prism (a000144)
Cuneiform writing (from Face d)
Interpretation of image a000144 (a000145)
Interpretation of the above cuneiform symbols
  • The script is known as cuneiform, after the Latin word (cuneus) for a wedge.
  • The Sumerian people developed this writing system, the oldest yet known, in about 3000BC.
  • It is composed of wedge-like signs impressed in leather-hard clay.
  • The writing records the names of the rulers of central and southern Iraq.
  • These areas were known in ancient times as Akkad and Sumer (what was later to become "Babylonia").