A translation of the first complete problem is:

I found a stone. I did not weigh it.
A seventh I added. An eleventh I added.

I weighed it. 1 mana. What was the original
weight of the stone? The weight of the stone was 2/3 mana 8 gin 22
1/2 še.

The other problems are all similar, but more complicated.

A discussion of the problems on this tablet and a suggested procedure
for finding the solutions is in my paper:

'Weighing stones in ancient Mesopotamia'. *Historia
Mathematica* 29, 1-12.

I thank Professor W.W. Hallo for permission to use the images of the tablet.

Go to Mesopotamian Mathematics.

Last modified: 19 September 2002

Duncan J. Melvilledmelville@stlawu.edu