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4000-year-old clay tablets in a hypermodern scanner

Ancient clay tablets, between 2,500 and 4,000 years old, bearing cuneiform script have been scanned using a micro-CT-scanner at Delft University of Technology. The tablets are owned by the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO).

The clay tablets are enveloped in a layer of the same material. This outer covering was placed around the tablet to protect the text from fraud. Thanks to the modern micro-CT-scanning techniques, it is possible to read the tablets without breaking the surrounding material. View the video.

Biggest collection in the Netherlands

The clay tablets are part of the Böhl collection held by NINO and vary in age from 2,500 to 4,000 years. The Böhl collection with some 3,000 tablets is the biggest collection of its kind in the Netherlands. The collection is named after  F.M.Th. de Liagre Böhl, who was professor of Assyriology at Leiden University from 1927 to 1952 and also co-founder of NINO.

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