Kushim is regarded as possibly the earliest known example of a named person in writing. The name "Kushim" is found on the Kushim Tablet, an ancient (c. 3400–3000 BC) Sumerian clay tablet used to record transactions.
Kushim is mentioned in eighteen tablets, and is believed to have been either an individual or an organization responsible for recording transactions, but the latter proposition is considered less likely.
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