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Demotic legal text concerning the embalming of the deceased. Ptolemaic period (157 BC), Asyut, Egypt. British Museum (EA 10561)

Fragment of mummy linen with texts from the Book of the Dead. 18th Dynasty (c.1500 BC), Egypt. British Museum (EA 7036)

Rune stone, Krogsta, Uppland, Sweden, from the 6th century AD, with a human figure and an inscription. One of three known rune stones in Uppland carved with the elder rune alphabet, and the only one still in its original position. The inscription is only partly deciphered - the text on the backside probably renders the word "stone". Photo taken ca. 1900

12th Dynasty stela, with a list of names written in hieratic. From Lahun, now at the Petrie Museum. This seems like an unusual combination: a stela with an administrative text in hieratic, in ink. I would've expected this kind of text to be on papyrus or ostracon. And this round-topped stela shape usually has dedications or offering formulae in hieroglyphs.

This strange carving seems to be written in an ancient text... Tweet or Instagram your translation of the message to hashtag #ThePossession for the chance to win prizes! (Hint #1:

Cuneiform tablet: private letter | ca. 20th–19th century B.C. | Anatolia, probably from Kültepe (Karum Kanesh) | Old Assyrian Trading Colony | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York | Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Klejman, 1966 (66.245.8)

Miniature corbel ("hand of Ishtar") METROPOLITAN MUSEUM Period: Neo-Assyrian Date: ca. 883–859 B.C. Geography: Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu) Culture: Assyrian Medium: Ceramic, bitumen