Artifacts as far back as 2,500 B.C on display at Troy University Library

600-year-old Torah at Troy University's Library
600-year-old Torah at Troy University's Library(WTVY News 4)
Published: Sep. 11, 2019 at 5:59 PM CDT
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More than 30 historical artifacts dating as far back as 2500 B.C. are on display at Troy University's Library.

It's part of the Texas Tech Remnant Trust which has been loaned to the university.

The Trust is a collection of books from all around the world with items such as a 600-year-old Torah, a Magna Carta from 1350 and the prince by Niccolo Machiavelli from 1640.

Now the collection is on display at troy university's library.

"Their goal is just to collect antique books, old books, historical artifacts and then make them available to students at university library's and other institutions throughout the country," Troy University Dean of Library Services Dr. Christopher Shaffer.

The idea came when Shaffer was touring the Georgia Southern library and saw a collection from the Remnant Trust.

"I've worked with Remnant Trust for about four years trying to find a good time to bring it to Troy but it's something I've been working on for a while," said Shaffer.

The university has put together a group of experts to come and talk about the collection.

One of those is Troy-Dothan's Dr. Martin Olliff.

Olliff also serves as the Director of the Wiregrass Archives and will present at the Troy University library.

"My presentation will be on the business of Babylon and it concerns clay tablet production from ancient Sumer to the Syrian empire," Troy-Dothan History Professor Dr. Martin Olliff.

One of the rarities at the library is a tablet that dates back 4,500 years ago.

"I'm real excited to see this clay tablet because I've only seen a couple of them before," said Olliff.

The Cuneiform Akkadian Tablet is not the only thing Olliff is excited to see.

"For me it's all interesting in large part because of the artefactual value of the documents themselves. I want to see the way it was made," said Olliff.

For a full list of speakers visit

The books will be on display through the first week of December.

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