One of the Earliest Known Birth Certificates

This is one of the oldest known records of a child born in ancient Sumer.


This small piece written in cuneiform represents details of the birth certificate of a child born in ancient Sumer.

This text, which is written on a clay tablet, identifies the sex of the newborn and the name of the parents.

The set, in addition to the written piece, is completed with another one, where there is a child’s footprint made of clay that represents a silent mark of his foot, dating from 2000 BC, more than 4000 years old.


This piece is part of the collection of the University Museum of Pennsylvania in the United States, which has more than 30,000 clay tablets with cuneiform inscriptions in Akkadian and Sumerian.