World's Oldest Medical Tablet

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World's Oldest Medical Tablet


Excavated by Professor Samuel Noah Cramer in Nippur, this tablet contains fifteen different recipes for a series of ointments and potions. Unfortunately, there is no mention of the ailments that were to be cured by such treatments, but it shows that the people of Sumer did not only rely on magic and supernatural elements to cure sicknesses but rather science and botany as well.


15.4 x 9.3 x 2.8cm


B14221 (museum number)

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This tablet was discovered during the Babylonian Expedition to Nippur I-IV, 1888-1900, Iraq.