This group forms the basis of the BNU collection. Subsequently, 15 documents were added to the inventory beforeand, in92 new textt were willed to the BNU by the widow of Professor Fritz Kocher.
These three groups were inventoried with consecutive s running from 1 tothe s from to rating ased to the Kocher collection. Based on its size, the cuneiform corpus of the BNU constitutes one of the most important collections in France.
Scientific work and publications Carl Frank published 50 of these tablets in the work Strassburger Keilschrifttexte in sumerischer und babylonischer Sprache Berlin: de Guyter, It covers the texts dating from the 3rd Dynasty of Ur. The collection of the BNU attracted the attention of professor E.
Laroche when he was teaching at the University of Strasbourg. He produced a catalogue and thus encouraged a renewed interest among researchers to add to its usefulness.
Only the first volume of two announced has appeared to date. Maintenance of the collection The collection is being conserved together with the Papyrological and Egyptological artifacts of the BNU and it can be visited under the same conditions as our papyri or coins Thursdays, or by appointment.
As is also true for the papyrological collections of the BNU, the most important feature of this collection of cuneiform documents is the fact that it covers the entire three millennia of Mesopotamian history, from the Sumerian period of Early Dynastic IIIb around BC up to the Neo-Babylonian empire 6th century BCwhile at the same time comprising documents of literary genres as well as a of other varieties of texts insofar as strasvourg functions and material are concerned.
These aspects make the collection particularly representative of the civilizations of the ancient Strasbpurg East. Daniel Bornemann.