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The 447 families of the lower stratum are attested in 177 texts, which are divided into four main types: legal transactions, administrative records, court decisions, and letters. Most texts are dated or can be dated by prosopographic considerations. The earliest document is dated to 800 B.C. and the latest are from the end of the 7th century B.C. The texts originated in six places: Aššur, Calah, Nineveh, Dūr- Katlimmu, Ma͗allānāte and Gezer. All texts that list pledged people are discussed in a separate group. Three main stages are observed in the history of the research of most of these documents: the studies of Johns, published in 1898-1923; the research of Kohler and Ungnad; the SAA series, published in 1991-2002. The texts of the "Harran Census" should evidently be divided into two main groups each composed by a different scribe: A or B.

Keywords: administrative records; court decisions; Harran census; legal transactions



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