Department of Antiquities

The Sumerian King-List (Weld-Blundell Prism). AN1923.444.
The Sumerian King-List
(Weld-Blundell Prism).

Ancient Near East

The Ashmolean's Ancient Near Eastern collections are among the finest in the world. They range in date from the earliest farming communities of the tenth millennium BC to the spread of Islam in the seventh century AD, and include significant groups of excavated material from sites such as Jericho, Jerusalem, Abu Hurerya, Kish, Nimrud, Alalakh and Al Mina, among others (complete list here. ). In addition, there are important collections of seals and Iranian metalwork. Substantial parts of the collection have been published (see bibliography here). The Museum holds the second largest collection of cuneiform tablets in the UK, including examples of some of the world�s earliest writing (see Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI)

Online Resources

For information relating to the collections contact Dr Paul Collins, Jaleh Hearn Curator of Ancient Near East