El-Amarna Hoard

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 02 November 2016

This hoard contained 23 bars of gold, several bars of silver, rings, pieces of scrap, and a silver figurine. The pieces were cut for specific transactions or other reasons, but not to conform to a weight standard. In making payments, it was often not the actual metal that changed hands. Rather, agreed amounts or weights of metal were the units of account that were recorded. From El-Amarna, modern-day Egypt. 18th Dynasty, 13352-1336 BCE. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

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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