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Title: Altar Plates from Second Millennium BC Failaka, Kuwait
Author(s): HØJLUND, F. , HILTON, A.
Journal: Bibliotheca Orientalis
Volume: 69 Issue: 5-6 Date: 2012
During Danish excavations 1958-1963 of Tells F3, F5 and F6 on the island of Failaka in Kuwait a large number of decorated stone vessels were found. In the course of registering this material in 2008 five fragments of a hitherto unknown type of plate were identified, one of which had a cuneiform inscription possibly mentioning the big temple. During the 2009-2011 Kuwaiti-Danish excavations in Tell F6 six further fragments of the same type of plate were found, two of them also inscribed with cuneiform letters, one mentioning the god Inzak. A perusal of the collections in the Kuwait National Museum produced fragments of two further examples of the same type of plate from previous French excavations in Tell F6 and from Slovak excavations at the site of Al-Khidr, also on Failaka. In 2012 a small collection of stone vessel fragments from Tells F3 and F6 housed at Moesgaard Museum was examined, and three fragments of this type of plate were identified. A total of 16 fragments probably stemming from twelve different plates have now been recorded.