I'm looking for representations and meanings of the logographs of the Uruk period (3500–3000 BC), such as those on the Kish tablet. I've only been able to find a few examples, but over 1000 are known. The only relevant work I've seen referenced is Falkenstein (1936), which I can't find anywhere.

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    Falkenstein's book, Archaische Texte aus Uruk is available as a pdf file from the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative site at UCLA. Commented Oct 1, 2019 at 13:10
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    @sempaiscuba Time to learn some German.
    – foxpal
    Commented Oct 1, 2019 at 22:20

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I have found full list of proto-cuneiform signs (very large file [93 MB]), with very detailed glyphs together with their meanings sadly meanings seems to be all missing. Though there is no author information.

Also as you suggested; A. Falkenstein, Archaische Texte aus Uruk (Archaische Texte aus Uruk 1; Berlin-Leipzig 1936)

from Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative website.

Another alternative, though without meanings again; Proto-Cuneiform Signs by Ashur Cherry

  • Thanks! But I see all the meanings listed as xxx. Is that just me?
    – foxpal
    Commented Oct 1, 2019 at 22:19
  • @foxpal you are right, yesterday I posted the answer just before leaving the office... I hadn't checked all meanings, assumed some were missing, hence xxx, but all are missing :) I couldn't find an alternative with meanings though...
    – buræquete
    Commented Oct 1, 2019 at 23:21
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    @foxpal: The lists do give the names of the signs (or their component parts, for composite signs) that you can use to look up their general meaning e.g. on ePSD. Commented Jan 7, 2020 at 5:53

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