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Archaeology

Birmingham Cuneiform Texts - Translations

  • The tablets translated in Birmingham Cuneiform Texts - Translations Part 1 (PDF document) were first published in Watson, P.J., Catalogue of Cuneiform Tablets in Birmingham City Museum Volume 1 – Neo-Sumerian Texts from Drehem (Aris & Phillips, Warminster, 1986). The majority of the tablets here come from the Sumerian town of Puzrish-Dagan which was on the modern site of Drehem in southern Iraq.
  • The tablets translated in Birmingham Cuneiform Texts - Translations Part 2 (PDF document) were first published in Watson, P.J., Catalogue of Cuneiform Tablets in Birmingham City Museum Volume 2 – Neo-Sumerian Texts from Umma and Other Sites (Aris & Phillips, Warminster, 1993). The majority of the tablets in Part 2 below came from the Sumerian city of Umma in what is now southern Iraq.
  • At the time the standard practice for editions of such tablets was to publish copies (line drawings), summary contents and indices making them accessible only to those who could read the cuneiform script. Subsequently they were made available online by the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative where scans of the tablets can be found together with transliterations. However, as neither the original publication nor the cdli site contain translations it has been decided to make these available here. To access those scans relevant to Birmingham Cuneiform Texts Part 1, log on to http://cdli.ucla.edu click on cdli search and then select primary publication “begins with” and enter BCT 1 and click search. To access those scans relevant to Birmingham Cuneiform Texts Part 2 enter BCT 2.

West Midlands Archaeological Collections Research Unit

Natural History

Birmingham Ornithology Collections

Birmingham Botany Collections

  • Birmingham Botany Collections - Liverworts (PDF document). This checklist of the 4,200 liverworts in the Birmingham collections includes 3,000 British and foreign specimens collected by the Birmingham born botanist and Reverend PGM Rhodes.
  • Birmingham Botany Collections – Mosses (PDF document). The checklist of 7,700 mosses includes 4,500 specimens predominantly from Warwickshire and Staffordshire collected by J E Bagnall, a clerk in a pen factory who became Birmingham’s most accomplished early botanist. It also includes 1,700 from the collection of the Birmingham politician Sir JB Stone and over 1,000 from the collection of the Birmingham solicitor TH Russell.
  • Birmingham Botany Collections – The Herbarium of Rev. Edgar Marston Reynolds (PDF document). Reynolds’ collection of vascular plants contains 2,700 specimens all collected personally.
  • Birmingham Botany Collections - Lichens (PDF document). The collection of just over 3,800 specimens of lichen in Birmingham is dominated by nearly 3,000 from the collection of P.G.M. Rhodes. There are over 1600 specimens from Britain and Ireland and 2,200 from the rest of the world.

For more information about the research detailed on this page contact Phil Watson, Collections Manager.