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What is the Taylor Prism?

The Taylor Prism dates from about 690 B.C.E. This six-sided clay barrel is about 15” tall. The writing on it is in cuneiform, a system of writing made of wedge-shaped incisions. The text describes Sennacherib’s entry into Judah. The Taylor Prism was named for one Colonel Taylor, the British official who found the prism in the ruins of Sennacherib’s palace in Nineveh (modern-day northern Iraq). The Taylor Prism is on exhibit at the British Museum.


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