Yale alumnus donates ‘treasure chest’ of rare ancient objects to Yale

Egyptian scarab (Yale Babylonian Collection)
Cuneiform tablet in sealed clay envelope, c. 2050 BCE.(Yale Babylonian Collection)
Chalcedony weight in the shape of a duck. (Yale Babylonian Collection)
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The Yale Babylonian Collection recently received a donation of items from the collection of Lawrence Ott ’37 from his son, Dr. Kenneth Ott ’66, to commemorate his 50th Yale College reunion. The collection features a large array of Babylonian clay tablets, cylinder seals, stamp seals, and scarabs, and is being used to teach Yale students about the history of both education and writing from the old Babylonian period.
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