12143Yau in Sealand personal names
- Jan 30, 2010Dear list,
The third name with Yau in the Sealand archive edited by Dalley in CUSAS
Vol. 9, turns out to be an Akkadian name, Yau-bani, from Kassite Nippur. So
we have now three Akkadian names that may attest to a knowledge of Yau (or
Yaw?) in Babylonia in the 16th century BC. Among other interesting gods in
this archive are:
(dingir) Amurru in the first or second part of many personal names
Anzak (associated with Magan) in five PN
Belluki (in an Elamite name)
Harbat (written -BA-AT!) as well as Harbe (HAR.BE)
Te$$ib (sic! In PN Te$$ibewri, written TE $I BI IB RI)
Among kings mentioned in year formulae are
(both bore Sumerian names)
Place names of interest:
Dûr-Enlile (not far from Nippur)
Dûr-Ninurta (in the vicinity of Nippur, it has a kâru)
E$nunna (i$nukki, boats from there are mentioned)
Udâni (= Udannu?, west of Nippur)
Many place names beginning with Kar-.
Dalley concludes from the place names that "a provenance for the archive
near Nippur is more likely than farther south" (p. 9).
An interesting greeting formula in letters: ana dinân bêlija anâku lullik.
One text (MS 2200/7) mentions thirty wooden writing boards: "30 GI$.DA.HI.A
On the edge of four tablets there are alphabetic inscriptions. A photo of
two of them are found on plate 175.
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