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Lu-Ninshubur's Receipt

  • Object type: Document
  • Formal Title: None
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 2046 BC
  • Origin: Ur, Mesopotamia
  • Current Location: British Museum, London, England

This small clay tablet recorded a transaction at the Sumerian palace of Ur, Mesopotamia in 2046 BC.

The Palace operated as a bank, lending money and receiving loan payments - all in the form of silver pieces.

According to the British Museum, this 4,000 year old receipt, inscribed on a clay tablet, says:

"8 shekels of silver as interest from Lu-Ninshubur, the official (being) Mansi, son of Ur Suen, has entered the Palace. Seal of the governor."

No full legal code has ever been discovered from Ur but they were known to exist from fragments.

If ever found, they would likely pre-date even Hammurabi's Code of 1750 BC.

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