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The Assur Ostracon (4.29)
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The so-called “Assur ostracon” is a thick sherd, found in numerous joining pieces, albeit with various intermediate gaps, with a glossy surface covered by 21 lines of Aramaic cursive alphabetic script in reddish ink. It is at present still unique as a testimonial of epistolography in Aramaic from the Neo-Assyrian period. The Assur ostracon was discovered (as perhaps secondarily fallen) in a grave chamber within a private house to the SW of the New Palace of the city of Assur by the German archaeological expedition led by W. Andrae (cf. Pedersén 1986:113–114, ad house no. 81).…

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Fales, F. M., “The Assur Ostracon (4.29)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 05 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2017

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