Written in archaic Sumerian on clay, this tablets describes beer production at the Inanna Temple in Uruk; it translates as “134,813 Litres of barley to be delivered over 3 years (37 months) to the government official Kushin responsible for the brewery at the Inanna Temple in Uruk.”Via Archaic Wonder.
The present tablet is a masterpiece of pictographic calligraphy. It has just been discovered that 2 hitherto undeciphered pictograms, one like a brick building with a chimney, and the other an ear of barley drawn within a jar or container, illustrates the actual brewing process. Read from right to left we have first the barley delivered, then the brick- building that might be the brewery itself (also with other meanings), and the barley within a jar is the beer. It thus is the earliest representation in history of an industrial process.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Beer and Bureaucracy in Sumer
described with pictograms: