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For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1932,1008.265

  • Description

    Clay fragment incised with two parallel lines.

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 5.45 centimetres
    • Width: 3.81 centimetres
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    23 September 2013

    Reason for treatment

    Publication/Catalogue

    Treatment proposal

    Stabilise loose flakes, cracks and areas as necessary.

    Condition

    Object is generally in good condition. Loose areas on the surface.

    Treatment details

    Loose areas were consolidated with 5% Aquazol 500 in Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol).

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1932

  • Acquisition notes

    Antiquities assigned to the British Museum from the excavations at Ur, season 1931-1932.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    1932,1008.265

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