Distribution of Barley Rations Tablet from Girsu

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 07 April 2016

Adult workers received standard rations of 30 to 40 pints of barley per month while children received 20; the barley was distributed as rations to about 200 workmen and their children. This scribe was clearly highly trained in this art. From Girsu, Mesopotamia, Iraq. Early Dynastic III, year 4 of King Uruinimgina of Lagash, circa 2351-2342 BCE. (The British Museum, Iraq)



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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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