Erich Lessing

A round clay tablet from the great archive at Ebla, in Syria. The archive, dating to about the middle of the 24th century B.C., comprises about 16,500 baked-clay tablets and tablet fragments bearing cuneiform inscriptions, some in the Sumerian language, and others in a language now classified as North, or Old North, Semitic. The tablets come in various sizes and in rectangular or round shapes. Round tablets tend to be smaller and used for ephemeral records.